Site area: 240m2
Project Year: 2020
Location: Floriana, Malta
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This commercial design project was centred on creating an inviting destination for locals and tourists alike. Whether it was for a post work drink, a bistro meal, a quick coffee with friends, small or large gatherings or even various sized business meetings.
Any experience in the catering industry needs to evoke satisfaction. From the drinks and food served, to the overall ambience. For Pegasus we were asked to retain some of the more historical elements such as the bar, façade and the flooring. As the name depicts, the owners were inspired by Greek taverns, but wanted to mix both cultures to create an original dining café/bistro concept.
Our approach was to landscape the interior and exterior floor plan, offering areas to be enjoyed for different purposes. Using timber to create vertical structures across the ceiling and bringing these down in columns gave us space to introduce large quantities of biophilic elements. It also allowed the design to hold more intimate areas, so clients wouldn’t be breathing down each other whilst trying to relax and unwind.
We complimented this greenery with touches of copper in hanging light features. These dark golden colours flecked the space with richness and really brought out the art deco feature on one of the main walls, in the arches of the bar and along the base of green planters. Using the same vertical patterned green planters throughout the space created uniformity on the eye and teamed well with the pastel colours of the walls and floor. The lighter coloured wood for the tables and chairs created a respectful nature between the function of the place and its rather bold interpretation.
For the outdoor spaces, large white shades made the space feel open and ensured it wasn’t confused with branded umbrellas that would have brought the overall tone of the design down. Views of the bastions could be enjoyed from tables and sofa areas alike, whilst avoiding the oppressive heat of the Mediterranean sun through the shade from the unusual vertical structures that pushed its edges upwards, instead of downwards.
It was important to our client that the space could be flexible and adaptable according to a customer’s request. By marrying hints of the Grecian world, subtle art deco designs and respecting the Maltese history of the location, the result is a destination of choice for many repeat customers.
Pegasus is exactly what its name suggests – noble, original and a desirable space for people to enjoy time and time again.