Circus - surrealist restaurant and bar concept
Circus is an entertainment spectacle, combining restaurant and bar with cabaret style acts, in a surrealist inspired setting.
Design Brief: Design Research Studio was asked to create a dynamic venue for a new concept in dining. The premise was to create a spectacular atmosphere which combines fine dining with an informal atmosphere, where the customers feel inclined to dance and participate with surprising circus and burlesque performances. The interior was to reflect the ‘circus concept’ within a flexible design.
Design Challenges: The main challenge was transforming the drinking and dining experience into a simultaneously stimulating entertainment space. This includes a series of flexible design features which allow for a variety of entertainment opportunities. In order to create integrity with the performance aspect of the brief, Design Research Studio referenced the history of the building as the Royal Opera House menagerie.
The surrealist inspired design incorporates a landscaped ceiling of mirrored globes, a kaleidoscopic reception desk and a kinetic, 3d art wall. The bespoke furniture engages and entertains: the main dining table doubles as a stage (which moves to allow for a larger dance floor), the step into the lounge integrates a dance pole, a mirrored WC lobby houses a hidden water-fountain and animal inspired furniture encourage participation and conversation.
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