The Project which called the Barbican Centre is consisting of the two stunning new restaurant spaces within one of London’s greatest 20th century architectural landmarks. This project is constructed under the teamwork of the architect and the designer SSH. Besides, it is including the furniture designer Stefan Bench, lighting designer’s .PSLAB and Chelsea Flower Show double-gold medalist garden designer Kate Gould. To make the most of the location within this iconic building envelope, the SSH answered a brief from the Barbican. They took it in order to create the new environment which the environment itself aims to become known as destination venues in their own right. Helen Hughes as a SSH’s lead designer on the project, give the order that the project sought to bring the Center’s food and beverage offer up to the level of the Barbican’s long-established worldwide reputation for the art exhibitions and performances.
On the project, the SSH team served as the project interior and branding, which is encompassed both of the former for about 450 square meters ground floor cafe, now the restaurant and the shop is re-branded as Barbican Foodhall. While in the first floor of the bar and the restaurant now Barbican Lounge, as well as the outdoor terrace spaces for the both venues.
This design ‘our overall approach’ is explained by Helen Hughes. It is to link the spaces back to the wonderful architecture of the Barbarian itself. Besides it is to celebrate the building’s materiality by exposing the original concrete of the building ceiling, de-cladding the hammered aggregate walls in the Barbican Lounge space and using Cradle brick pavers for the Food hall flooring, which is not only bring the flooring back in line with the original treatment, but linked it to all the existing external Barbican walkways. The second main direction is to create the visual connection between the two offers particularly via the outdoor terraces, which is extending from each space. Through the planting, the second main direction is achieved partly, but it mostly by the huge of the design, eye-catching and bespoke which is designed like an umbrella or the urban trees. They make of two off-center perforated aluminum disks. The width of the bottom disk itself is measuring for about 3 meters which is settled into wooden bases that house both planting and integrated seating.
And the last, the designer is looking for to animate the spaces with the striking feature areas, the details and the materials which is including a peacock-green resin floor which placed in the lounge and it is especially color-matched to a photo which is taken in the summer of the green water of the Barbican outdoor lake, plus great lighting and an unusual mix of furniture including new, bespoke, vintage and specially-reissued items. Sir Nicholas Kenyon as the MD of the Barbican Center is really excited about the transformation of the food offering. The spaces have been stripped right back to the original wall textures and fittings, so it really feels like a natural and organic development of our iconic centre. They are feels confident to take the regular visitors to the center which they will enjoy the new experience and this transformation will also help to introduce new people to the area.
Like the design of the interior, the brief of the SSH is include the design of a new identity for both venues, as well as the range of a brand application, it is including the point of sale, menus, coasters, take away cups, bags and a ‘bag for life’. The black and white photographic building icons and seeks to sit within the current Barbican brand family is used for the new identity for the Food hall. Although it is uniquely differentiated by the use of the capital rather than a traditional lower case lettering. The identity work is so cool, crisp and understated and largely in black and white with the measured injections of color. The pint of sale information in the food hall is features by the handmade and the bespoke steelwork slot; it is based on the information card slots on the front of Victorian architectural plan chest and a rolling blackboard which is used as a daily notice board.
The New Food Offers
Separated by the two places, the Barbican Food hall is located on the waterside at the Level G of the center. It is both of the restaurant and a food market, with a range of the deli-style products to buy or consume at its counter-top bars and deli tables. For the local residence, this restaurant is opens for seven days a week, by the performance-goers and passers-by, it offers a food to buy and consume, as well as restaurant fare and a book bank or the reading space to relax in. The space is represents the food producers include the Olives et AL, Severn & Wye Smokery, and a smoked salmon, Hope & Green, a luxury confectionary and the Monmouth Coffee. For those who want to stay longer, the 200-cover restaurant features a new menu every day. On the first floor exists the 150-covers of the Barbican Lounge. It is directly above the food hall which is offers small plate menus, as well as the gourmet bar snacks and a special Dine & Dash menu, where the diners can be out of the door in 50 minutes, it is perfect for those heading for a performance. The Lounge also features London’s first Macaroon Mixologist, where the legendary French delicacies are twinned with a range of new and traditional cocktails.