Kings Road Courtyard Design
Bluebird is an established café on the Kings Rd that is steeped in history. We were asked by D & D to re-design the outdoor space taking into consideration the practical requirements of a busy, working café set within the boundaries of a Grade II listed building. Its origins were as a noted Art Deco garage complex that was converted in 1997 to a restaurant. Our courtyard design has drawn on its background, and the reputation it enjoys as a popular summer meeting place. Most importantly our intention was to create the feeling of an intimate garden space, within the bustling atmosphere.
Photos by Marianne Majerus
Key to a successful design was softening the grey, hard landscaping, creating a more unified seating arrangement, introducing colour and harmonious planting, whilst at the same time respecting and blending in with the Bluebird brand identity. To lift the space visually we introduced copper, terracotta and Ipe timber as key materials to unify the space. The planting was designed to suit the rigours of a working café, whilst allowing for seasonal interest, and some subtle colour. Night-time lighting was very important and the copper material has been continue into some of the more decorative lighting, with Fairy lights in the trees and Led lights under benches and bars.