Restaurant & Bar Design Awards Shortlist 2015: Europe Restaurant


Receiving over 100 entries from across Europe, including entries from Ireland, Guernsey, Portugal and Finland. The judges shortlist includes their Top 10 entries from Spain, Ukraine, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Guernsey, Portugal, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland and Belgium.


A transformation of a 19th century military hospital chapel, The Jane in Belgium is a contemporary three storey restaurant in line with the personality of Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman. Studio Piet Boon created a high-end 150-cover venue, with a multi-sensory experience, enabling guests to witness something beautiful wherever they turn, be it art, music, historical elements, an extraordinary design feature or the exquisite food. Five elevators ensure the smooth, invisible flow of guests, food and staff on each of the levels.


The Cake is a brand new venue in Kiev, Ukraine advocating the modern French pastry. The diversity of images and forms have been handcrafted with designers, contrasting natural wood, bright monochrome colours, handcrafted concrete tiles and textured materials. A backdrop of pale and colour-muted materials strike an extreme contrast with the glossy pink dog sculpture, just like a glazed cake on a white plate.  Read more about The Cake.


Being part of the Vodafone HQ in the Czech Republic, the colour formed the brief for Red Cafe. Serving as predominantly a canteen, IO Studio also offered an informal seating area for guests. The material and colour palette uses natural oak and iron black which is accented with warm red. Familiar home kitchen objects are scaled up and converted into unusual fixtures throughout such as lighting fixtures and quirky wall art. Pots form shelves and window blinds from wooden utensils form subtle decoration throughout.


Bringing a piece of Japan to Valencia, Spain, Nozomi is a sushi bar inspired by the Japanese bullet train, and the fulfilment of dreams. Masquespacio created traditional Kyoto inspired streets, a courtyard with cherry tree – reinterpreted origami flowers and an authentic central sushi bar. Concrete adorns the walls, ceilings and floors for a ‘rational contemporary’ look while the carpentry with its hand finishes and the warmth of natural wood creates the ‘emotional classic’ feel the designers wanted. Read more about this space.


Mr French in Sweden is a playful concept with a real basis in the history of the building – an old customs house. As well as the outside terrace with sea views, Stylt Trampoli needed to ensure the inside was just as enthralling, ensuring year-round custom. The rough packaging of the old customs house is filled with sophisticated pleasures – a Roaring Twenties vibe, inspired by smugglers, speakeasies and sweet cocktails. American generosity blends with French finesse to rival Jay Gatsby’s efforts.


Mama Campo’s philosophy combines sustainable design and small detail with the use of recycled materials. Manolo Yllera worked with more than 40 top designers, artists and craftsmen, with pieces from around the world contributing to this venue in Madrid. A space with personality and soul, this cozy and endearing space has become a popular local favourite.


Lugeck in Austria is based on a typical Viennese tavern, with a heavy curtain surrounding seating booths. Eichinger offices placed hanging lamps and lighting columns to serve as anchor points for the eye and the interior overflows seamlessly through the large space, yet is prevented from bleeding through the distinctive glass fronts to the bustle of the city.


Drawing on the flavours of the South American continent, Llama in Denmark brings the best of these two very different worlds together. Kilo, BIG and Hz created an open space generously connected to the city, combining colourful walls and floors, lined with handcrafted Mexican tiles, with cool black Scandinavian style furniture. The result is a fun and lively space that allows one to enjoy the comfort of a happening restaurant, but also to get the feeling of a bar and nightclub when the brass lights turn down low and the cocktail bar takes over after service.


Estado Puro is a gastro bar in Ibiza, Spain serving Spanish tapas. Bringing a fresh, elegant look, estudi{H}ac used natural materials, carefully selected furniture and special works tailor-made in oak and teak. In the middle of the restaurant the designers have created a huge ‘palm’ coated in elaborate Spanish combs. For the outdoor terrace, the design studio has drawn inspiration from the work of Paco Roncero, with olive oil and textures, creating a great space chaired by four large olive trees, the origin of the olive oil.

alain_ducasse Plaza

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée in France aims to shake up all of the expectations associated with three star restaurants and haute cuisine by proposing a radical and surprising aesthetic – to remove the table cloth! Jouin Manku enhanced the pure line design with exceptional pieces of furniture and a ‘cabinet of curiosity’ which is only revealed at night, holding a treasury of ‘Art de la table’ courtesy of Alain Ducasse and the Hotel archives. Read more about the Restaurant and le bar at Plaza Athénée.

Each of these shortlisted entries are viewable with all of the accompanying photographs on the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards site from links below.

Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée (France) Jouin Manku

Estado Puro (Spain) estudi{H}ac

Llama (Denmark) Kilo, BIG and Hz

Lugeck (Austria) eichinger offices

Mama Campo (Spain) Manolo Yllera
Mr French (Sweden) Stylt Trampoli

Nozomi (Spain) Masquespacio

Red Cafe (Czech Republic) IO Studio
The Cake (Ukraine)

The Jane (Belgium) Studio Piet Boon

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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