Chocolate Barcaccia

architect Mladen Kirin
project Choco-bar "Delfin", Zagreb, Croatia
written by Dubravko Bačić


The Delfin Chocolate Bar (Choco Bar) by architect Mladen Kirin in Zagreb’s Branimir Centre is a slightly unusual interior-exterior experience. Located at the joining of two pseudo-streets in the passage of this shopping complex, it seems like the kind of element that gives a somewhat excessive character to the new shopping arena, suggesting that it really exists in some urban mise en scène and not in one more contemporary consumerist society temple. One could polemicize about the persuasiveness of illusion, but the chocolate barcaccia that “floats” inside the pedestrian communications on the ground-floor level of the Branimir Centre navigates towards some altogether other seas of hedonistic repose.