La Cubanita Belgium, Kortrijk Bar, Belgian Nightclub Design, Interior Architecture Photos

La Cubanita in Kortrijk

15 Jun 2022

Design: De Baes Architects

Location: Kortrijk, Belgium

La Cubanita Nightclub Kortrijk Belgium
photo © Frans Parthesius

Photos: Johnny Umans & Frans Parthesius

La Cubanita Nightclub, Belgium

La Cubanita is an extension of La Bodeguita Del Medio, a mainstay of Kortrijk’s nightlife scene. De Baes Architects worked with the owners to craft a space that embodied their multicultural heritage, creating an immersive guest experience that blends Cuban and Eastern motifs.

La Cubanita Nightclub Kortrijk Belgium
photo © Frans Parthesius

The design is conceived as a box inside a box that turns a leftover space into a new part of the palimpsest, completely isolated—physically, aesthetically and acoustically—from its surroundings. A circular opening cut directly out of the ceiling slab redefines the irregular pentagonal plan, creating a center of gravity that shapes a coherent spatial experience. The cutout lends a defining sculptural presence to the space and offers glimpses upstairs to the main dance floor and private booths.

La Cubanita Nightclub Belgium
photo © Johnny Umans

Designing the guest experience
The main dance floor connects to a curving central staircase that leads to the upper level, which offers a subdued atmosphere with various seating arrangements. A cascade of transparent curtains forms flexible walls. The curtains invite guests to flexibly adapt the space as they wish and create more intimate zones within the open floor plan.

La Cubanita Nightclub Belgium
photo © Johnny Umans

The ceiling is punctured with two skylights, flooding the room with natural light during the day and animating the dance floor with a view of the starry night sky. The open ground floor plan also gives the owners the flexibility to host events ranging from dancing classes and movie nights to workshops, private parties and seminars.

La Cubanita Nightclub Kortrijk Belgium
photo © Frans Parthesius

Telling a story in space and colour
The interiors mix colours and decor that evoke both the owner’s Cuban and Eastern cultures. To develop a colour scheme, we sourced palettes from old Cuban stamps. We presented several options to the client, affixing the stamps directly on plans to tell the bar’s story through space and colour. Along with neon lights and bamboo floors, the design creates a lively inviting atmosphere that brings people together.

La Cubanita Nightclub Kortrijk Belgium
photo © Frans Parthesius

La Cubanita Nightclub in Kortrijk Belgium – Building Information

Architecture: De Baes Architects – https://www.debaes.eu/

Status: Completed
Designer: de baes architects
Location: Stationsstraat 9 ,Kortrijk, Belgium
Area: 435 sqm

La Cubanita Nightclub Kortrijk Belgium
photo © Frans Parthesius

Photography: Johnny Umans & Frans Parthesius

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