Foster + Partners’ design for the Atrium Champagne Bar at London’s ME Hotel has won the top award for bar design at the 2013 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.
“Arriving guests pass through the ground floor lounge, and ascend to a dedicated hotel lobby and champagne bar on the first floor, housed within the hotel’s main spatial event – a nine-storey high pyramid, clad entirely in white marble, with a highly reflective, black polished granite floor.” says the UK and International Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.
“The project is the first hotel in which everything, from the shell of the building to the bathroom fittings, has been designed by Foster + Partners. As a result, the drama of the interior spaces is provided by the bold geometry of the structure – the challenge for the design was to complement and not detract from, the 80 foot high top-lit space.”
“The minimal furnishings were custom-made and include a 30-metre long curving bench, sleek black reception desks and a freestanding triangular champagne bar. Rather than works of art that interrupt the space, the projections celebrate its scale – giant jellyfish rise upwards as if from the depths of the sea, and the triangulated panels of the marble cladding are illuminated and animated like origami.”