Wild Corner

Archer Humphryes Architects, London, 2021



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Wild Corner – a 35m2 bar for serving fine wines and a limited menu– is Archer Humphryes’ second completed project in Chelsea Green following the Wild Tavern for the same client.

The request presented an unusual commission. The bar stands alone and belongs to a European model of service and drinking. Grand Cru are served by the glass in a carefully designed environment providing seating for 18.

The ambience is formed through the careful manipulation of light and shadow, a fireplace, highly reflective veneer surfaces, mirror and fabrics. The effect is of comfort and intimacy where touch, taste and smell are heightened as both natural and soft artificial light bathe the individual.

A small kitchen at the end of the bar provides hot tapas snacks which complement the wines and complete one’s desires for nutrition alongside comfort and drink.

Each dimension in the space is carefully considered in order to provide an ideal degree of comfort and intimacy. The bar remains the most dominant element in the room with a highly figured, honed surface contrasting with the brilliant reflective light playing across the walnut veneers forming the vertical surfaces.

The ceiling is coffered in sawn oak with upholstered panel in natural hessian providing both an acoustic blanket and contrasting soft surface to the marble and veneers. Two large picture windows with an operable sash address the green, opening the space to the street and square connecting the bar with the public domain and extending its welcome through the summer months.

The display of crystal glass, carefully selected artwork, fresh ingredients and daily stocking of the wines adds to the ambience and daily rituals of the space.

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  • Begun: Apr 2021
  • Completed: Aug 2021
  • Floor area: 35m2
  • Sector: Retail
  • Total cost: £250,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Mar 2021
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • Address: 8 Elystan St, Chelsea, London, SW3 3NS, United Kingdom

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