Kortrijk’s nightlife mainly takes place in the old city center. La Bodeguita Del Medio knew how to survive through the years, being one of the few bars in the neighborhood keeping a constant popularity. The extension, baptized La Cubanita, will help it to continue this momentum.
The latter is conceived as a box inside a box and turns a leftover space in the plot into a new part of the palimpsest, completely separated, physically and acoustically, from its surrounding.
A central staircase leads from the ground floor to the first floor through a circular opening in the ceiling and forms with the latter a big concrete monolith. The circular shape refers both to the community and gathering together, while its regularity contrasts with the irregularity of the existing building.
On the upper floor, a series of plastic tubes form flexible walls, dispersing the light and nurturing different spatial configurations. They invite the visitor to self-define his space, giving the possibility to accommodate different groups, functions and needs, both in terms of space and privacy.