The UK and International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards are the world’s only truly independent award of their kind
September 11th, 2012
Timber was king at last weeks awards in London. Hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architects the two top gongs went to European projects: one in Spain, the other in Bulgaria.
Best Restaurant 2012 was presented to A Cantina, a project by Estudio Nomada.
Essentially a long, lofty hall – the main, communal dining tables are arranged beneath a dramatic framework of timber elements, suggestive of an abstract forest.
Housed within the new City of Culture, a multi-million euro museum and cultural hub in the North Eastern city of Galicia; A Cantina impressed the judging panel with its straightforward approach to creating a definitive sense of character and place within such a vast, otherwise uninviting, shell.
Sparing application of colour and a minimal use of materials – serving to engage the guest from the very first impression.
The arresting space radiates out from three intricately detailed but oversized central timber pillars that run the length of the venue – like giant, turned-timber posts.
Set over two tiers, the bar carries the prominent timber aesthetic through into the custom table supports and across the roof in a series of equally as intricate radial patterns.
Subtle lighting elements integrated into the masonry floor and up one feature wall, offer a brilliant backdrop when viewed from the street, by night.
Local talent was also well represented on the evening. March Studio picked up the Australia Pacific Region Award for their Baker D. Chirico bakery in St Kilda, Melbourne.
Also embracing the warm, familiar characteristics of timber, March Studio were able to fashion a cost-effective retail space with a strong sense of motion and movement.
An attractive slat and bracketed arrangement of irregular timber panels contrast charmingly against the checkerboard floor tiles and stripped back concrete walls.
The full gallery of winners can be viewed on the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards website.
Images © RABDA
Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2012
Mode Design Studio
Keep up to date with the latest and greatest from our industry BFF's!
According to Le Corbusier, the struggle for it underpins the history of architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright described it as a “beautifier of buildings”. And Motoko Ishii famously equated it to life itself. Indispensable, life-affirming and metamorphic, light underpins all architectural and design efforts.
Durable and adaptable seating creates dynamic teaching and learning environments at the new Centre for Creative Industries at St Andrew’s Lutheran College.
Woven Image’s new Fuji acoustic ceiling solutions demonstrate that creating a quiet space does not need to come at the cost of its aesthetic appeal.
UCI makes a move into Sydney’s business district in a contemporary, light-filled space, elevating the workplace furniture brand’s evolving nature.
Registrations are now officially open for young creatives wanting to boost their careers to the next level. Among last year’s winners were graphic designers Tin&Ed, photographer Nirrimi Hakanson, the youngest winner yet at just 17 and Romance was Born for their sartorial skills. Each year the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards (SOYA) offer creatives across […]
Luca Ionescu is designer and director of Like Minded Studio – a Sydney-based design house who have worked with brands such as LYNX Australia, MTV, Nike, and Stussy. Luca is renowned for custom typography and graphic art. We have a chat.
The internet never sleeps! Here's the stuff you might have missed
The auditorium was full, the vibe electric and the winners truly outstanding last night at the INDE.Awards Gala. Scroll the Indo Pacific’s most outstanding projects and people, here.
The Elinor Low Back by Claudio Bellini for Pedrali encapsulates the modern sensibilities that define our modern work lives. Alice Blackwood speaks with Mr Bellini at Orgatec.
A science educator, a parliamentary science champion, an international force for tackling climate change, solar panel innovators and computer science advocates are among the game-changing group of Fellows elected this year to the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
Timber flooring specialist Tongue & Groove launches a new identity and resources to support Australian architects and designers. Here’s what clients, consumers and architects can expect.