I have photographed some amazing features in various Nandos restaurants, as thought up by the creative team at STAC Architecture, but the recent interior in Woking really made me wonder what they had been drinking when they were pitching the design?
There are seven thousand beer bottles suspended at different heights from the ceiling to create an incredible fluidity to the feature. The wave like installation is lit from behind to play on the bottles transparency and colour.
The bottles had to be individually hung in place with some "breathing" space in between as there was some concern of potential vibrations from the air conditioning.
The bottles are now a feature which draws the public into the restaurant. They run along the length of the restaurant front to be seen from the street, with the staff telling me that people often enter with their eyes fixed looking up.
I suspect that if we asked STAC Architecture what factor instigated this amazing design feature, they would say "Whatever it is, you would make a fortune if you bottled it"
And if one green bottle should ...