Bocca Buona Nice
Background and brief
Bocca Buona is a casual Italian restaurant situated at the first floor of Park Inn Nice Airport hotel, with accesses both from the lobby and from the main street in front. The venue was to fit within the principal brand architecture, should attract local clientele for lunch and dinner and be adaptable for breakfast. The client saw interactivity and multi-sensory experiences as key to success. As well as interior design, brand identity, menu and clothing were in scope.
The project called for a modern, spontaneous and domestic ambience with a limited budget where guests feel comfortable in contrast to a typical hotel environment. The space is divided into various areas on multiple height levels to create distinct dining zones. Complex geometry was rectified to obtain simple functional connections with benches and planters used to separate height-differentials.
The restaurant integrates different types of seating, combined with diverse finishes and furniture to give an eclectic, haphazard, Italian feel. A show kitchen with pizza oven and Bar with gelati counter are placed at the entrance, while the central attraction becomes a large communal table that provides a community feel and referencing an Italian family gathered around to share food & drinks.
Photo credit: Marc Torra Ferrer
Project Completion Date
Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, April 2016