Fucina Restaurant Marylebone, Paddington Street Eatery, Northwest London Dining, Design
Fucina Restaurant, Marylebone
26 Paddington Street Building: Curved Brick Ceiling in London, UK – design by AMA
8 Oct 2016
Fucina Restaurant in Marylebone
Fucina Restaurant London
Design: AMA – andy martin architecture
Photos: Nick Rochowski Photography
New Marylebone restaurant opening its doors on the 17th October.
AMA’s latest London architecture project, Fucina Restaurant features a unique, mind-blowing curvacious brick ceiling, entirely handmade and taking its inspiration from the interiors of traditional Italian pizza ovens.
Location: 26 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London, England
‘Organic produce, sustainably sourced and prepared honestly using italian artisanal techniques’
Admist the typical London environment, Fucina is a haven for refuge from the buzz of the city.
The aim was to invent a spacial experience that mirrored the brief architecturally. Using the space to produce a faithful portrait of the Italian taste, AMA resolved the design with a contemporary representation of all the elements that compose the rich Italian culture.
The unique handmade ‘antico mattoni’ ceiling is formed and warped like the inside of a traditional pizza oven which creates a visually dynamic atmosphere in this raw and inspiring restaurant.
The handmade ‘antico mattoni’ ceiling creates a visually dynamic atmosphere in this raw and inspiring restaurant:
The view of the street is obscured by a floor to ceiling steel framed screen with handmade coloured glass infill panels. The floors are hand laid marble chips set into a traditional ‘terrazzo cemento’ borders, reminiscent of Carlo Scarpa’s Olivetti building. Hand ‘decaped’ timber floor finishing flows centrally throughout the restaurant.
Along with brick, marble and timber, burnt steel is dominant and relates back to the name ‘Fucina’ meaning Forge. Traditionally, the forge in Italy not only related to what we know as a fire to heat metal, but also as the traditional kitchen fire for cooking. This has strong connections with artesian process of making.
The open fire pit kitchen in the lower ground floor looks through to the chef’s table, with its bubbling steel wall panels and rough brick flooring. The restaurant is made up of 110 dining covers seated on low backed bespoke banquettes and arm chairs on the ground floor, served by a solid carved marble finishing kitchen.
The space is sculpted to stimulate the senses with forms that are organic, and with honest and refined materials reflecting the food on offer:
The furniture takes inspiration from the tree – its branches, its roots. The large tables grow from the floor and the chairs are fabricated from refined and machined branches. These elements that we are in contact with, connect us back with the source, our beginning, to enjoy the perfect dining experience.
“The underlying theme is the use of prime raw materials, carefully selected in keeping with season and then skillfully turned into works of art in a way that only talented chefs are capable of.” Kurt Zdesar
Fucina Restaurant in London – Building Information
Furniture – bespoke designed by AMA
Wall Lights – bespoke designed by AMA
Ironmongery – bespoke designed by AMA
Public Toilets – clad in Black Wood marble panels
Bar Front – solid carved Grigio Altissimo marble
Timber Generally – decaped oak with light smoke finish
Metal Panels – pressed metal panels (lower ground)
Ceiling Finish – hand crafted Italian brick
Wall finishes – Intonachio plaster finish
Metal Wall Cladding – Hot rolled steel hand finished
Façade Screen – steel and handmade Italian glass
Branding and Uniforms by Superfutures Design Studio, www.superfutures.co.uk
Photographs: Nick Rochowski Photography
Fucina Restaurant Marylebone images / information received 071016
Location: 26 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London, England, UK
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