Restaurant Design Associates (RDA) created a restaurant bar design concept for the SSE Arena 1934 Bar and Grill. Formerly the Empire Pool, The SSE Arena is a Grade two listed building who’s ground-breaking 1930’s architecture and engineering has made it one of the most iconic buildings in the UK.
The interior is currently suggestive of a formal restaurant with bar function. The brief focused on creating a space more identifiable as a high-end bar with a more casual food offering.
The Design Solution
Looking back at the history of the building, we created a design concept which focused on an Art Deco/Post Modernistic interior with integrated 21st century design, introducing elements of the swimming pool ambiance with ceramic tiles, metal diving board structures and hints of blue through the decoration.