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09-13-2012 19:36 BJT

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Drinking a bottle of wine on a steep sloping roof might not sound like the best idea - but one young Lithuanian designer is trying to market the idea for rooftop bars and cafes. And the mayor of high-rise Vilnius says his city could be the start of a thriving open air cafe scene.

Dining with the birds, it’s a very different perspective of life from this experimental rooftop cafe in downtown Vilnius, capital of Lithuania.

But you’re going to need a head for heights to drink here. It’s all the idea of a 26-year old design student.

Drinking a bottle of wine on a steep sloping roof might not sound like the best
idea - but one young Lithuanian designer is trying to market the idea for
rooftop bars and cafes.

Aine Buinikyte, Design Student, said, "Spending time on the roof, drinking wine, listening to the sounds of music coming from the philharmonic, all this is giving me a strong feeling. I need to return back to my childhood to find out where it began. At the age of 7 or 8 I read the fairy tale "The Roofs of Old Town" and I was fascinated by it. So it started really a long-long time ago."

It may be simply a table installed on a steeply ridged roof in the historic part of the city, but for many it promises a fairytale, romantic adventure.

Drinking a bottle of wine on a steep sloping roof might not sound like the
best idea - but one young Lithuanian designer is trying to market the idea
for rooftop bars and cafes.

Even the city’s officials are impressed. Mayor Arturas Zuokas enjoys a cup of coffee on the roof sitting next to the installation. He says the concept should become a reality.

Arturas Zuokas, Mayor of Vilnius, said, "No doubts, this is good idea for Vilnius. We will make it real possible for sure. Everyone would like to climb here, sit down, have a cup of coffee and feel different. Vilnius is an awesome place for creative people. The city welcomes the implementation of various ideas."

Drinking a bottle of wine on a steep sloping roof might not sound like the
best idea - but one young Lithuanian designer is trying to market the idea
for rooftop bars and cafes.

The idea is proving to be popular among the cafe owners in the city.

Marija Bauman, Cafe Owner, said, "If you don’t fear heights, it’s for you! I think young people will be attracted by this."

The concept was presented to general public at a reception with Lithuania’s celebrities taking part.

Aine Bunikyte is beginning to think about applying for a patent for her idea. The installation on the roof is made from plywood and plastic. It took her two weeks and about 250 US dollars to build the whole thing.

 

Editor:Bai Yang |Source: CCTV.com

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