Award for Pizza Express designers
THE architecture firm which designed the interior of the Barbican Leisure Park's Pizza Express restaurant has won an award for its work.
Northamptonshire-based Baynes & Co won the Best Multiple Restaurant Design gong at the Restaurant and Bar Awards, at the Royal Institute of British Architects, in London.
Their work on the Pizza Express, at Coxside, was voted the winner by judges from Channel Four, Carnival Shipbuilding, Sunday Times, Elle Decor, Casa Vogue, Cathay Pacific and Airbus Industries.
The restaurant has already been featured in design magazines and web sites around the world.
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A spokesman for Baynes & Co said: "Pizza Express like their restaurants to have original features that relate to the locality.
"Plymouth could be said to be the home of the British Navy, so it was a logical starting point to use maritime references for the interior.
"A huge wavy wall constructed of timber laths forms one side of the restaurant, with infill pieces describing an abstracted wave of water.
"The timber can also be seen as the hull of a boat.
"A white painted plimsol line adds an extra layer of complexity to the wall."
He added: "The client is always keen to provide good acoustics to encourage conversation.
"We designed a custom acoustic baffle system in suspended foam, with a central feature to contain the air conditioning system."
He said that on the opposite wall Baynes & Co commissioned "legendary Plymouth tattoo artist" Doc Price to create a "typical sailors tattoo" design.
"He came up with a rose, which we had "tattooed" onto oak faced panelling in 12mm diameter holes," the spokesman said.
"The plimsol line paintwork was applied to the panels, which also gives a 'horizon line' effect to the interior.
"Bamboo flooring, marble tables and warm golden upholstery completes the scene."