Artitechture = Art & Architecture
The Giger Bar
For all you Giger fanatics out there (and we know there are a lot of you…), a visit and drink at one of the “Alen Bars” created by artist H.R. Giger is definitely on your travel menu. There are two Alien Bars – one in in Gruyères, Switzerland (this one is in the Giger museum!) and one in Chur, Switzerland. And we can’t imagine that a more artful surreal place to have a cocktail exists on the planet. Not to mention, it is summer and all sorts of wanderlust calls to one’s soul.
Full of outrageous and Alien-esque sculpted furnishings and bony architectural elements, it is a truly original trip inside the creative mind of the dark master himself. The interior of the bars are inspired by his biomechanical style, as in the Alien films. The roof, walls, fittings and chairs are all modelled by the artist and fit into the same design feel. The prominent high-backed chair design was originally intended as a Harkonnen throne for an abandoned Dune film project.
It is “a cavernous, skeletal structure covered by double arches of vertebrae that crisscross the vaulted ceiling of an ancient castle.” Complemented by ominous, sleek and dark furniture – the design is so evocative of “Alien” that it feels like it shouldn’t exist in our present day world.
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