The Coco Retro bistro brings French flair to Royal Tunbridge Wells, a large affluent town in Kent, just outside London. The brief for the design studio 32mq was to provide three different inspiring dining areas for three different dining experiences. The ground floor is an informal and relaxed brasserie; the first floor is an elegant intimate and stylish restaurant and the lower floor is a wine cellar (under development) dedicated to the wine collection of the owner.
Guests enter through a lobby-bar area with a unique circular shiny brass bar counter, which dominates the space and provides a perfect welcoming place for people watching on the street outside. Passing through a wooden and glass divider screen, a black and white bespoke checkerboard flooring, leads you to the brasserie. Here the existing brick walls have been left exposed with natural wooden shelves and dark wooden panels that line the walls and traverse up onto the ceiling from which hang beautiful globe lights with brass accents. The dark colour palette includes dark-brown seating and Bordeaux tinted tables.
▼门厅处的圆形黄铜吧台吸引着路人的目光，the unique circular shiny brass bar counter provides a perfect welcoming place ©Alan Williams
▼经过玻璃隔墙进入啤酒吧，entering into the brasserie by passing through a wooden and glass divider screen ©Alan Williams
▼啤酒吧原有的砖墙被保留下来，并搭配以深色木材，the existing brick walls have been left exposed with natural wooden shelves and dark wooden panels ©Alan Williams
▼暗色调的室内装潢包括了深棕色的座椅以及枣红色的桌面，the dark colour palette includes dark-brown seating and Bordeaux tinted tables ©Alan Williams
A dark-black staircase leads to a bright, luxurious and modern restaurant space where the white and powder blue colour palette provide a stark contrast to the dark atmosphere of the ground floor. The existing ceiling has been removed to expose the roof structure and to give a vertical orientation to the space. A light wooden columns screen frame divides the fireplace area from the rest of the restaurant and creates a space within the space gently lighted up by pendant lights providing an intimate area to the restaurant room. A bespoke triangular pattern flooring gives a touch of modernity to this space that faces the train station clock through a traditional leaded window.
▼二层的现代餐厅，the modern restaurant space on the first floor ©Alan Williams
▼木柱框架将壁炉区域和餐厅的其它区域分隔开，a light wooden columns screen frame divides the fireplace area from the rest of the restaurant ©Alan Williams
▼背景处可看到开放布局的厨房，an open plan kitchen reveals itself on the background ©Alan Williams
▼朝向窗边的区域可以看见火车站上的时钟，the space that faces the train station clock through a traditional leaded window ©Alan Williams
Finally, the side walls have been decorated in collaboration with the local artist Chris Burke by illustrations resembling the typical “Walks” of Royal Tunbridge Wells adding a feel of interior to the tables area. On the background, an open plan kitchen reveals itself through a horizontal glass internally framed in brass.
▼侧墙上装饰着当地艺术家Chris Burke的插画，the side walls have been decorated in collaboration with the local artist Chris Burke by illustrations ©Alan Williams
▼洗手间，restroom ©Alan Williams
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan
▼二层平面图，first floor plan
▼地下室平面图（建造中），the lower floor plan (under development)
Gross floor area: 150 m2
Client: Coco Retro Ltd
Architectural design: 32mq design studio
General Contractor: FF Services
Photography: Alan Williams