Harvey Nichols, Edinburgh, Architecture, Review, Scotland
Forth Floor Restaurant : Harvey Nichols Edinburgh
Scottish Store + Restaurant – design by CDA + Lifschutz Davidson Architects
Forth Floor Harvey Nichols
The Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie
The restaurant and brasserie’s plan work with the view by sitting lengthways against the perimeter with the restaurant getting the choice position. Entry to the Forth Floor Restaurant can be via the shop’s lift or perfunctory escalators, or by the north door off The Walk, the new east-west street. Immediate entry is along a divided route to the north of the retail floor, separated from the shop by waist-height frameless glass partitions.
The floor is made of unusual mid-brown laminate blocks in strips, a kind of ordered parquet. The walls are simply white, the chamfered wall carrying a wide landscape strip mirror brilliantly reflecting the view to diners facing that way. The columns towards the perimeter are slender white and circular whereas the inner ones are bulkier, square and include stainless steel strips to the West.
The soffit is flat and white with punched circular rooflights in rows with a kind of opposite in dropped disks of the same diameter in the perimeter row. The former are covered in canvas to soften light and acoustics, the latter glow around the edges. Both are lit according to a light meter on the roof: this is a key feature for the restaurant. Mornings are light orange, midday is unlit and during lunch the orange glow reappeared. In the evening – or with a thunderstorm – a deep red emerges (or at least that’s what Brasserie manager Michelle advise us).
Out on the Terrace a single row of two-seater tables waits for clement weather: the Forth Floor Restaurant manager advised that the Terrace only opens when good conditions are guaranteed. Chairs are classic Eames Basket chairs, here with oyster-coloured cushions. Riven Caithness flags form the base with a simple strong balustrade formed of painted mild steel stanchions, clear glass panels and stainless steel top rail.
Brasserie: starter £4-5 main £9-11
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Harvey Nichols: Forth Floor Restaurant, Bar & Brasserie, Harvey Nichols, Reservations: 0131 524 8350 or fax: 0131 524 8351.
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