DC.AD’s take on a 1920s-inspired bar and restaurant in Lisbon is hyper-responsive to the spatial needs of all-day service.

Key features

Named after iconic Jazz Age actress Louise Brooks, Lulu’s aesthetic adopts elements from the Art Deco period, updated with a modern, colourful twist in a 19th-century building. Pink, dark green and white are the dominant tones used throughout the project; geometric floor patterns, multifaceted, tinted mirrors and neon lighting also hark to the era. The programme includes a façade-facing bar, service, sanitary and technical spaces, in addition to a seating and dancing area. 

Two distinct rooms were constructed within this layout to accommodate the vibes of different service times and events – the front is more geared toward daytime hospitality while the back is centred on a DJ table and the dancefloor. The designers utilized a modular lighting system that can create a variety of atmospheres and certain areas are adorned with plants while others are brightly lit; the decoration, as the team explains, is a balance of softness and intensity. 

Frame’s take

What is particularly impressive is the way that DC.AD considerately manipulated the space’s programming and technical features to support the bar-cum-restaurant’s all-day service: the lively colour, material and light use in this space seems to guarantee a good time no matter the time of visit. The variation in seating also gives customers a range of options to make themselves or their group comfortable within the setting. Visually pleasing and lively (even with no people present!), Lulu’s ambience strikes a great balance between nostalgic references and contemporary design.