Recently I had coffee at a restaurant/bar – not my usual haunt, and not in my home city. A ‘one-off’ experience, therefore I have not been able to revisit to check my sketch.
I have chosen this space because I think the design works seamlessly. No obtrusive signage to designate the entry – a natural flow. Upon entering the restaurant/bar, there isn’t ambiguity about where to sit, what procedure to follow; rather a clear entry with a meet ‘n greet space.
The layout offers difference according to the possible needs of the clients. Space to sit unobtrusively and work on mobile devices or discuss with clients, space for intimate coffees/meals, space for ‘buzz’ – stools and long tables, space for families enjoying the outdoors. Most of the spaces can be easily reconfigured to meet client needs.
The climate and the natural environment have been included in the design. The restaurant/bar is long and relatively narrow, with half of the long side opening entirely thus bringing the outside in and creating an open space. The outside space is a public thoroughfare, and the natural barrier is a garden: a long narrow design with mass planting of limited species [I think two?]. This space creates a garden feel, safe for young families as it leads into a public urban green space. Natural lighting has been utilized, and the outside natural environment is linked to the inside with the use of plants in pots. These plants have similar symmetry to those in the outside gardens, which I think reflects continuity.
Accoutrement is old and new. Interesting bold, colourful and contemporary artworks are juxtapositioned alongside the recycled timbers [feature wall] and recycled barb wire light shades.
The pathway for staff to deliver and collect seems to work without incident as the space allows for clear movement. The position of the rest rooms is clear, but unobtrusive. The pay point is clear and unobtrusive.
Altogether, I feel that the design of this restaurant/bar works well, and subconsciously delivers a positive experience for the clients. It feels uncluttered and spacious.
… And the coffees and chai tea equalled my thoughts on the design!