Piraña Bar Restaurant Balham, South London Dining Property, New Retail Interior, Architecture Images

Piraña Bar Restaurant in Balham

South London Commercial Interior at 76 Bedford Hill, England, UK – design by Sella Concept

25 Sep 2018

Piraña Bar Restaurant

Architects: Sella Concept

Location: 76 Bedford Hill, Balham, South London, England, UK

New Bedford hill Restaurant in Balham

Pirana Bar Restaurant in Balham

When it comes to revitalising London nightlife, brothers Alastair and Nicholas Heathcote have prior experience. Everything they’ve touched in the last five years their Indian inspired cocktail den The Imperial Durbar and Himalayan haunt The Hill Station in Tooting, as well as their East London venture, the late night Dalston tapas joint La Cabina has become a hit.

Pirana Bar Restaurant in Balham

Now, they’ve set their sights on Balham, South London’s up and coming neighbourhood du jour, to launch Piraña a South American inspired bar and restaurant located in the area’s emerging nightlife hub of Bedford Hill.

Pirana Bar Restaurant in Balham

Knowing from experience that a venue can live or die on the design of the space, the brothers turned to Sella Concept the design studio behind recent Pimlico opening Omar’s Place and the café and workspaces of De Beauvoir Block and charged them with designing a new bar brand that could win the hearts of locals and had the potential to expand beyond Balham.

Pirana Bar Restaurant in Balham

In contrast to Imperial Durbar a point by point recreation of vintage Indian interiors the Heathcote brothers were keen that their new venture avoid drawing too closely from the South American aesthetic, so Sella Concept founders Tatjana von Stein and Gayle Noonan resisted the soft, warm colours and traditional patterns associated with the region, and developed a bolder, engagingly retro design theme that transcends specific cultural roots.

Pirana Bar Restaurant in Balham

‘While the food concept touches on South American cuisine, the brief was to create something unique with no particular cultural reference but that invites guests to eat and drink in a relaxed manner throughout the day. Our approach rests on colour and flow, creating spaces within spaces to drink and dine.’Tatjana von Stein, founder, Sella Concept

Pirana Bar Restaurant in Balham

From the shell of a former restaurant, Sella Concept has conjured a fluid, immersive space, seamlessly subdivided into different areas, each with a subtly different mood. The owners were keen for the atmosphere to be casual and easygoing, with no sense of division between diners and drinkers, and this comes across in a layout governed by a feeling of flow rather than division. As is typical with Sella Concept projects, the design concept began by developing an understanding of how people will use the overall space, Incorporating visual shifts and atmospheric transitions to accommodate changing behaviours within the venue.

Pirana Bar Restaurant in Balham

Light and welcoming, Piraña’s front room houses a chef’s table, a curved bar, a banquette-lined platform and a ‘secret’ snug with a private bar hatch. The back room is darker and more indulgent in tone, lined with cosy and intimate private booths, from which customers can call the bar directly. These distinct but connected zones allow Piraña customers to use the space as their mood and preference dictates whether they fancy sociable casual dining and drinking or a more private personal experience.

Pirana Bar Restaurant in Balham

Designed to catch the eye with its bold colour combinations, the exterior has been styled with mosaics of blue and white tile and striking window façades dominated by a red metal framework. Inside, Piraña’s playful, trend-agnostic aesthetic is created through the use of a rich, sensory palette of colours and materials, including a bespoke floor in jade terrazzo (created in partnership with a fabricator in Spain), micro mosaic tiling at the bar, and a deep, earthy red in the upholstery and the curved timber slats that ties the space together. For Sella Concept, a studio known for its love of warm pastel pinks, the Piraña interior represents quite a departure.

Apart from the chairs and lights, every fixture and item of furniture in Piraña has been custom-designed for the space by Sella Concept – including the booths, bar, banquette, tables, stools, floors and bathroom sinks – and, unusually, the studio worked directly with the building contractor on the renovation, without involving a third-party architect.

Taking advantage of Gayle Noonan’s background in graphic design, Sella Concept has also created Piraña’s visual identity, deployed on menus, business cards and online – ensuring that the character and style of the restaurant carries smoothly onto all brand collateral.

The result is an unusual and inviting venue that somehow packs a host of different atmospheres into a comparatively small space, and a bold new bar brand for Balham.

Pirana Bar Restaurant in Balham

Piraña Opening hours:
Mon 5pm – 12am
Tue 5pm – 12am
Wed 5pm – 12am
Thu 5pm – 12am
Fri 5pm – 2am
Sat 11am – 2am
Sun 11am – 12am

Piraña Address: 76 Bedford Hill, London, SW12 9HR

Photography: Nicholas Worley

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