Carousel London

Client: Shuttlecock Inc
Value: £240,000
Area: 480 sqm
Status: Complete
Location: Marylebone, London

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The beauty about working with Carousel London was that we were working with four cousins with an incredible passion for food, wine and travel who had found a home for their pop-up adventures (Shuttlecock Inc.).

Their new (-ish, opened August 2014) home is at 71 Blandford Street, housed in an existing 1970s building in the heart of Marylebone, in what was home to private members club Cricketers Club of London.

The building was already stripped back to reveal and enjoy tall ceilings and existing concrete columns and beams on all three levels. The brief was to maximise the drama on each level with the Basement to be used as a secondary restaurant and event space, the Ground Floor as the main restaurant, and the First Floor as an additional event space.

Throughout we unified all spaces through a polished concrete floor, which was the basis for a signature carcass to evolve which depicted the distinct use of each of the three levels. The aesthetic is characterised by simplicity, minimalism and functionality through the use of materials in their raw state.

On the Ground Floor we created an entrance lobby with a grand lacquered black mild steel floor-ceiling high entrance door to the main restaurant. The deep threshold of this door slowly reveals the drama of the interior of the restaurant with lacquered black mild steel and reclaimed timber clad bar and kitchen pass and long dining tables. The limited material palette unifies the whole room and is enlivened by reclaimed encaustic tiles that bridge the space between the kitchen pass and the bar. The theatre of these elements enlivens the restaurant.

The material palette for the Basement Floor was even more limited with exposed concrete blockwork creating the procession space from the Ground Floor into the main event space with a looming black ceiling and exposed cable trays and ducting. The space is extensive and a blank canvas for events.

The First Floor is a light space with white painted walls, exposed concrete beams and columns and polished concrete floor. The space lends itself well as an art gallery and conference space.

We are presently working on other restaurants, and we welcome new enquiries.

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