Annvil’s iBar


Ingus Bajārs,

Riga, Latvia,


Contamination and convergence are key values of the third millennium which have been affecting architecture. In Riga, an Apple store becomes a bar, all centring around Newton’s apple, the logo of the company from Cupertino.

Annvil’s iBar

Architectural studio Annvil, with Anna Butele at the helm, has designed an unusual store. In the centre of Riga, in a historic building designed by Šefels dating back to 1908, is the iBar. The name reveals the key elements of the business: a bar and bistro combined with an Apple store.

But if you are expecting minimal total white design in the usual Apple style, you’ll be in for a surprise. The iBar has a rather rustic look featuring bare brick, only partly painted white, plants, wooden furniture and a metal bar counter. The idea that inspired Anna Butele – director of Annvil – was Newton’s discovery of gravity, which began precisely with an apple – hence the Apple logo. But here gravity is inverted, so that all the objects float weightlessly without interfering with their surroundings.

Francesco Cibati

Location: Riga, Latvia
Year: 2014
Floor space: 180sqm
Design: Annvil – www.annvil.lv
Team: Anna Butele, Diāna Kūla, Ilvars Jermacāns
Photos: Ingus Bajārs


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