We were appointed as architects for the new Vico restaurant in London. The project based in the historic Seven Dials area focuses on the sensitive and considered refurbishment of the grade listed premises, working with conservation officers and the local authority to deliver an appropriate scheme within the grand Victorian premises on Cambridge Circus.
Alongside full architectural services for the project, we were commissioned to design bespoke items of furniture, artworks and ironmongery for the new premises.
Inspired by Rome and the bold and boisterous drama of the Italian piazza, the concept aimed to evoke the streets of the Eternal City and the rowdy babble of Italians on their daily passegiata.
Deliberately dark, the vibrancy of the interior is enhanced by the reflections of festoon lighting on the glossy surfaces, making reference to the glint of streetlights on cobbled streets.
Freehaus worked with local terrazzo fabricators to develop three feature terrazzo pieces, each with their own identity and acting as a focal point to the zones they inhabit. The main feature of which is a 4-tiered fountain, cast in glistening terrazzo, allowing customers to dispense acqua frizante or natural whilst conjuring memories of the Italian streetscape.