Big Easy Winebar & Grill Restaurant by Virserius Studio

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Big Easy Winebar & Grill

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Restaurant

INSPIRATION:
For Big Easy Winebar and Grill, Virserius Studio drew design inspiration from Ernie Els and his vision of what his native South Africa represents to him. Together with Big Easy’s development team and Beyond Hospitality for food and beverage, the resulting concept is a very beautiful, friendly, and open atmosphere that ensures that everyone who visits will feel comfortable.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Big Easy Winebar and Grill is the result of a collaboration between Virserius Studio, Beyond Hospitality and the design team of professional golfer Ernie 'Big Easy' Els. Its casual environment is meant to be enjoyed by everyone. The restaurant's design brings distinctly South African elements as well as a deep connection with its landscaped surroundings.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
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PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Concepts for the restaurant were presented in 2014, construction began in 2015, the restaurant had a soft opening in Fall 2015 and a grand opening in Winter 2016.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
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SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
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TAGS:
hospitality, restaurant, casual dining, south africa, hotel, restaurant design

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Even though Virserius Studio is based in New York and Paris, we work on projects throughout the world. During our conception stage, we spent time in the country where the project will be based, in order to more deeply understand its culture, language, ways of operating, design aesthetic. South Africa was no exception. Prior to construction, Virserius Studio took a weeks-long exploratory trip to Durban and other cities, to learn more about partners in the Big Easy project, including local artisans whose work would factor heavily in the final result.

CHALLENGE:
This was our first project in Africa, so we had to take just about everything into consideration since working in Europe and USA requires a very different approach on things. Security concerns were bit different than what we were used to, so we gave that a lot of thought. Culturally, too, things move at a slightly slower pace than what we were used to in New York and even Paris, where our offices are based. How we went about things in general was different so we learned a lot and that is an asset we will bring to current and future projects. We wanted to make sure that the work we did for Hilton Durban was respectful of its weather and its culture so we sourced from local artists as much as we could and made sure that materials were durable and sustainable.

ADDED DATE:
2016-09-30 23:35:44

TEAM MEMBERS (5) :
Therese Virserius - Virserius Studio, Regina Virserius - Virserius Studio, Tobias Mattstedt - Beyond Hospitality, Thomas Rubi - Ernie Els Design and Ernie Els - Ernie Els Design

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Chris Wessling, Big Easy Winebar & Grill, 2016.
Image #2: Photographer Chris Wessling, Big Easy Winebar & Grill, 2016.
Image #3: Photographer Chris Wessling, Big Easy Winebar & Grill, 2016.
Image #4: Photographer Chris Wessling, Big Easy Winebar & Grill, 2016.
Image #5: Photographer Chris Wessling, Big Easy Winebar & Grill, 2016.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Big Easy Winebar and Grill, Hilton Durban

PROFILE:
Virserius Studio comprises a global team of designers, artists, architects and storytellers, all of whom draw from diverse backgrounds in interior architecture, business, fashion, and the fine arts to create joyful guest experience around the world and exceptional results for clients. Founded as Therese Virserius Design in 2003, the firm was rebranded Virserius Studio in 2013, and provides a range of interior architecture and design services for hotels, resorts, bars, restaurants, lounges, event and meeting spaces. From project conception through execution, Virserius Studio works hand-in-hand with owners, operators, developers and other hospitality project consultants to fully realize their dreams and create spaces that wow, inspire, and ensure guest enjoyment and superior results.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Big Easy Winebar & Grill Restaurant by Virserius Studio is a Nominee in Hospitality, Recreation, Travel and Tourism Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Big Easy Winebar & Grill Restaurant by Virserius Studio is Winner in Hospitality, Recreation, Travel and Tourism Design Category, 2016 - 2017.



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