The first electric tram in Bucharest was no.14; it went from „Uzina Electrică” („The Electrical Plant”). 125 years after, across the former power plant a new building is rising and the restaurant at the ground floor receives the name of the first tram lane. The project was approached as a food-court. Being large enough, several corners with specialized kitchens were created, offering a wider range of experiences based on the combination of design and cooking.
It’s working as an alveolar mechanism; the zones are opened depending on the hours. From the story of “tram 14” not only the name was kept. Among design elements, a tram rail was inserted into the industrial floor and technical drawings of a locomotive are engraved in the plywood walls.
Materials, textures, lights have been chosen to provide contrasting visual and tactile experiences. Behind the industrial metal doors are exposed warm-light lamps, terrazzo tops are placed over wooden planks, under the metal counter, the bar is clad in the leather.
What makes this project one-of-a-kind?
You will find in 14th LANE industrial elements that will lead you to the story of the first electrical tram in Bucharest. Presenting a short brief of the place’s history, you can feel like you are in a 1900’s tram station. Various eating areas were formed, in a walk-through space, were the LANE will guide you through. Starting from this scenario, the restaurant has the flexibility to adapt – closing and opening spaces – as needed.
Yellow Office; Vladimir Mindru, Irina Lup
Year of completion
OVO Design Furniture Group, ZWART, Cristian Drughi, DBM, Deco Studio, Babylon Garden, DISENO, MC GeneralConstruct, Bog’Art