Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: Europe Bar

europe bar

This Restaurant & Bar Design Awards category received a total of 27 entries and the 6 entries that made the judges shortlist were from Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Russian Federation, Spain, and Turkey. The winning project in this category will be up against the other winners from the different regions for the best International Bar Award, which will be announced on October 1st.

Al Tun Tún Tarruella

Located in a 1930’s building in Valencia, the interior of Al Tun Tún is open with high ceilings and a small mezzanine which opens to the double height space. The restaurant opens to the public through large windows and wood frames painted in carriage green. These, together with the outer green awnings, are reminiscent of shops in European capitals of a bygone era. Tarruella Trenchs Studio were initially inspired by 19th Century French bistros and used these as a starting point, developing a more contemporary and casual perspective using noble and natural materials. 57 glass lamps have been painted and suspended from the ceiling in a theatrical manner.

corda_bar creneau

During the daytime, Corda Bar (Belgium) is the kind of trendy coffee bar you’d find in a buzzing metropolis. Lounge areas allow you to enjoy the lightness of the space, which Creneau International have surrounded by 90% glass. The slanted roof is highlighted with LED lights to accentuate the building’s unique architecture. By night, the coffee bar turns into a classy and cozy wine bar.

le bar plaza_athenee

Le Bar du Plaza Athénée takes visitors into a world of beauty, poetry and surprise. Jouin Manku created tension between the profound blue of the ceiling and the resin bar, which appears to float, creating an ethereal feeling. This dreamlike scenery immerses visitors in a peculiar atmosphere, conducive to emotion and encounters with unique disk light features and tones. Read more about Le Bar and the restaurant at Plaza Athénée.


Located on the bank of Volga river in an historical 18th century villa, the interior of Malewicz was designed by Megre Interiors who were inspired by the works of the avant-garde painter Kazimir Malewicz. A statuesque black metal stairway became the focal point and is imprinted on the restaurant’s logo. The interior colour scheme; deep blues, a variety of greyish shades, black, cain and green was supplemented by hairline copper and brass details and Italian marble.

PM Club mode

PM Club in Bulgaria is a temple of music with the DJ booth as the altar. A series of domes were designed by MODE, the likes of which are distinctive elements in public and religious buildings. The development of a multifunctional composition of domes evokes religious architecture and at the same time, with the help of 1500 pixels, creates a modern ‘light mural’. All the equipment and furniture are custom designed to create the unique identity and atmosphere of a contemporary music temple. Read more about PM Club.

Writers Bar

The Writer’s Bar is a warm, cognac coloured space in Turkey, steeped in wood and timber. Indirect lighting, behind art installations and inside book cases create a soft wash. Hirsch Bedner Associates populated library shelves with ceramic books by Turkish artist Ismail Oklugil, while the bar’s back wall features a custom cast glass installation of fiery yellow and orange tiles that give the lounge its warm glow.

View each of the shortlisted entries with access to all of the photographs on the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards site using the links below.

Writer’s Bar (Turkey) Hirsch Bedner Associates

PM Club (Bulgaria) MODE

Malewicz (Russian Federation) Megre Interiors

Le Bar du Plaza Athénée (France) Jouin Manku

Corda Bar (Belgium) Creneau International

Al Tun Tún (Spain) Tarruella Trenchs Studio

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.

Images © respective studios

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