Architecture & Interior Design
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Hoi Polloi

Ace Hotel and Bistrotheque


Completed October 2013

Andrew Meredith, Paul Raeside, Ed Reeve

Atelier Ace, Bistrotheque, Benchmark, EPR, RED Engineering, Turner & Townsend, County Contrators, Elektra Lighting, Philippe Malouin.

A bar and restaurant on the groundfloor of the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, London, that offers both informality and a sense of occasion Read More

Hoi Polloi is an English modernist brasserie that references mid-20th century European bistros, on the ground floor of the Ace Hotel, in Shoreditch, London. We worked with the restaurant operator Bistrotheque and Atelier Ace to develop the design concept for the restaurant, creating a space that works just as well as a place to work during the day or meet clients for lunch as somewhere to go for drinks and supper with friends in the evening.

We designed the high-ceilinged restaurant to accommodate both a fast-moving and leisurely pace of life.

From the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch High Street, customers are directed through a flower shop in the hotel’s lobby to reach the restaurant, evoking the senses and establishing an air of calm. On entering Hoi Polloi, guests find themselves in a more informal bar area, with warm Iroko timber-panelled walls and Douglas Fir banquettes which add to the comfortable and informal experience.

Moving further into the room is the main dining space, divided using bespoke, soft leather booths and low lighting, with seating areas focused around a central seating section. Like any good brasserie, the room aims to combine an informal feel with a sense of occasion, somewhere for everyday yet special every time. Ercol Love Seats, Butterfly chairs and encaustic ceramic tiles, reference the elegance of classic British dining.

High ceilings, timber-panelled walls and horizontal mirrors were used to create depth in the interiors, allowing the bar and restaurant to feel relaxed and spacious even during the busiest times.

Hoi Polloi | Universal
Hoi Polloi | Universal
Hoi Polloi | Universal
Hoi Polloi | Universal
Hoi Polloi | Universal
Hoi Polloi | Universal