The seaside resort of Weston-super-mare was chosen for restaurateur Le Bistrot Pierre’s most recent project. The existing building, formerly an old tourist information kiosk, has breathtaking panoramic views along the coast, from the dunes at Brean Down, out over the Grand Pier, across the rocky outcrop of Steepholm, giving a view all the way to the Welsh coast on a clear day.

The building, a faceted 24-sided structure, is arranged over two floors, the incumbent glazing both restricting the view in and the view out over the sea front. Gillespie Yunnie Architects replaced the glazing system, allowing for more ‘inside outside’ permeability, creating a more visible, friendly, and contemporary restaurant.

The design of the interior evolved to reflect the form of the building. The downstairs bar has a curved, pewter topped bar, the low tin tile ceilings and darker tones creating a warm inviting atmosphere with sinuously curved velvet banquettes wrapped around the existing columns. The first floor restaurant: a combination of smoked parquet flooring, raw steel balustrading, a velvet curved banquette, French antique marble topped gueridon tables, is gathered together under a detailed timber slatted ceiling; the central cupola lined with copper leaf and a suspended ring of light in the form of a chandelier sparkling with hundreds of Italian crystals.