Barbican restaurant, bar & foodhall / SHH

Having been to the Barbican recently for the New York Philharmonic Young People's Kidzone which was a great experience, there was alot going on & not alot of time to take in the interior, so I have taken time to revisit the 2011 award winning interior.

The images are quite amazing, my firm favourites are the various bespoke light fittings created by PSLAB for the project & the poured resin flooring in a fantastic petrol blue colour. Who thought olive jars stacked could have such a great effect - looking like captured firefly's. Each of the lights are design elements that integrate the function of providing light, they sit well within the scheme. The exposed hardware & simplicity of the lighting is quite striking.

The design has a respect for the original architectural fabric (SHH actually revealed those concrete ceilings & aggregate walls) & introduces new elements that are just as bold. With the introduction of the furniture, lighting & flooring reinvigorate the space while giving a nod to it's origins.

'SHH’s lead designer Helen Hughes working with furniture designer Stefan Bench to create three bespoke new seats for the two spaces, sitting alongside hand-picked reclaimed vintage seating, reissued vintage classics and, for the first floor terrace space, Robin Day polo chairs, in a nod to the Barbican’s original art director.'

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