Remembered as the first building in the world to be lit by incandescent electric lights, The Savoy Theatre has always been regarded as a glimmering beacon of elegance and glamour on London’s illustrious West End.
Ravaged by a disastrous fire in the 1990’s, the listed theatre was magnificently and faithfully restored to the original 1929 design, enjoying international recognition and success when it was reopened to great fanfare in 1993.
Eventually bought by Ambassador Theatre Group in 2005, the theatre has enjoyed huge success with acclaimed residencies such as Gypsy, Funny Girl, Dreamgirls and will soon be home to 9 to 5 the musical.
Whilst the main auditorium has been routinely improved over the years following the restoration in the 90’s, the front of house and bars received minimal upgrades. ATG undertook the re-design and refurbishment of the Stalls bar alongside Foster Wilson Architects, due in no small part to their expertise in listed theatre buildings.
Their aim was to create a more contemporary space, but above all they wanted to design a more efficient bar, as it previously struggled to service the demands of the audience in the Stalls prior to a busy show and during the interval.
Due to the listed nature of the building, the design team had to work closely with the Listed Building Officer, resulting in details of the bar closely referencing the Art Deco styling of the theatre, with the floor design in particular being reminiscent of the black and white tiled lobby areas.
The floor design, whilst achieving a contemporary aesthetic, clearly references the Art Deco style of the building
Solus supplied two contrasting shades from their Headline range, a delicately realised range of naturally inspired limestone effect tiles. To create the intricate floor pattern, the designers utilised light beige and black tiles in a 50x600mm format, which were later cut into the diamond pattern by the main contractor, Lander Commercial Interiors.
Matt Davies, Head of Interior Design at ATG, commented:
“I have worked with Solus at several previous companies, and have always found that the products, as well as the range of various price options, mean I can achieve exactly what I set out to create. I’d happily specify their products in the future as they are able to offer high quality, cost-effective options for whatever the project requires.”
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