What was the brief?
Goddard Littlefair were called upon to transform the public areas including the Pool Terrace, Wellness areas, Pre-function rooms and Event Breakout spaces, Meeting rooms and art filled staircases. Goddard Littlefair’s emerging sister company, F&B design studio, Epicurean were tasked with designing Villa Copenhagen’s five food and beverage spaces: the breakfast restaurant, Public, the Rug Bakery, the all-day restaurant and bar, Kontrast, the T37 Bar & Lounge and the rooftop Pool Bar.
What were the key challenges?
Epicurean’s vision was to create destination F&B venues with a point of difference; introducing something new and fun to the marketplace whilst resonating with the locale and honoring the Scandinavian design sensibility. The studio’s ambition was to attract hotel guests, the general public and local residents into each restaurant and bar by creating unique yet informal spaces that each offer something extraordinary.
What materials did you choose and why?
Epicurean discovered old photographs showing the space when it was a working sorting room for the Post House. The archive photos which capture this period inspired the entire design process, referencing original archways, lights with draped flex, reeded wall panelling and original glazed brickwork. Using these elements to tell a story through a contemporary lens, the space has been transformed into a multifaceted breakfast and event restaurant complete with copper archways made from the Villa’s rooftop and features an open kitchen, café and bakery to provide fresh bread and coffee for hotel guests and the general public.