The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Multiple Restaurant category is for restaurants with successful chains across the UK. Each restaurant is unique in design, yet often the brief is very similar and the branding and values of the offering are the same. The judges selected the 7 projects below for the shortlist.
The design of Zizzi, Telford eludes to the local industrial history. Inspired by Thomas Telford’s civil engineering within the area, aqueducts are replicated for the restaurant’s iconic ceiling. Dover Design took inspiration from the Jackfield Tile Museum in the town, which celebrates the history of the British decorative tile industry between 1840 and 1960.
The interiors of Wahaca are inspired by the vibrant street markets, food and textures of Mexico. Utilising reclaimed materials in a contemporary and sustainable way, Softroom used pendants and a double height ‘light wall’ to link the multi-floor space, creating a striking presence within the mall setting of St David’s shopping centre in Cardiff. Murals by Berlin-based art duo, 44 Flavours, cover and cross over a variety of the wall finishes and compliment the architectural features of the space, such as the mezzanine floor.
The design of Red’s True BBQ, Manchester aspired to add a theatrical experience for guests, while also transitioning smoothly from night to day. A wire chain fence covers the kitchen to provide a raw view of the barbecue cooking process. Blacksheep Creatives combined religious neon effigies with mortuary like tables and butcher’s curtains. The walls display back-lit, bespoke artwork and brand relevant messages only visible at night.
Contrasting colours and materials were used in Nando’s Earls Court, to create various interesting areas throughout the small space. The unifying motif of the hexagon can be seen in all of the areas and bespoke copper lighting lends a warm glow to the dining areas. The rear dining area, through the addition of a new skylight, has been transformed into an airy, light and welcoming space designed by moreno:masey.
A modern French bistro and bar in Torquay, Le Bistrot Pierre has a palette of rich blues and greys. Leather banquette seating and small tables create a formal and intimate dining room. Splashes of yellow, high ceilings and concrete surfaces with bold lighting create a vibrant space. Gillespie Yunnie Architects & Holly Keeling Interiors worked with landscape designers to create a sun terrace with views across the bay, in true English Riviera style.
Inspired by a trip to the United States, owners of Grillstock (Bath), John Finch and Ben Merrington wanted to bring a barbecue/smokehouse scene to the UK. Simple Simon Design kept existing corrugated iron archways and added to the interior with large central tables and carefully considered lighting to help zone areas and create atmosphere. Bespoke jean clad seating creates texture and dimension to the space.
Situated on a prominent corner of Earls Court Road, the existing GBK restaurant needed updating and a refresh of the brand look. moreno:masey used a restrained palette and reclaimed timbers while hexagonal tile pattern the walls and ground the main features. Deep blue metro tiles and lively coloured leather banquettes serve to brighten the space.
View each of the shortlisted entries with access to all of the photographs on the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards site using the links below.
Zizzi (Telford) Dover Design
Wahaca (Cardiff) Softroom
Red’s True BBQ (Manchester) Blacksheep Creatives
Nando’s (Earls Court, London) moreno:masey
Le Bistrot Pierre (Torquay) Gillespie Yunnie Architects & Holly Keeling Interiors
Grillstock (Bath) Simple Simon Design
GBK (Earls Court, London) moreno:masey
The overall winner for this category will be announced at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Ceremony ‘The Story – Building Emotions’. Tickets are now on sale for this event to be held at The Old Truman Brewery, London on October 1st 2015.
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