German Gymnasium
D&D London
Interiors
 
Located between King’s Cross and St Pancras railway stations, German Gymnasium was originally constructed in 1864 for the German Gymnastic Society. It was the first of its type in England and the first venue to host our National Olympic Games.

We were commissioned to create a glamorous yet democratic contemporary European Grand Café to complement the newly invigorated King’s Cross masterplan, and transform the Grade II-listed building into a unique destination. Our concept is a refined modern insertion within the existing building; a Bauhaus version of a European Grand Café.

We worked closely with landlord Argent’s base build team and their architects Allies and Morrison to preserve the building’s core structure, whilst making necessary interventions to prepare it for its new life as a hospitality venue.
 
The main spatial concept was to reinstate the first floor ‘viewing’ gallery (previously in filled in the 90’s for office space) to allow for impressive views of all dining areas and most importantly the breath-taking roof structure.

Many of the building’s unique historic details, such as the climbing hooks in the ceiling and cast steel columns, have been retained, setting the tone for the choice of materials, colours and textures for interior detailing. Warm, walnut timber panelling and black and grey distressed leather upholstery have been juxtaposed with fresh, contemporary insertions such as the occasional pink and red tone to add depth and visual interest.
 
Photography by a variety of photographers that include Marcus Peel, Paul Winch-Furness and Jean Cazals.
Located between King’s Cross and St Pancras railway stations, German Gymnasium was originally constructed in 1864 for the German Gymnastic Society. It was the first of its type in England and the first venue to host our National Olympic Games.

We were commissioned to create a glamorous yet democratic contemporary European Grand Café to complement the newly invigorated King’s Cross masterplan, and transform the Grade II-listed building into a unique destination. Our concept is a refined modern insertion within the existing building; a Bauhaus version of a European Grand Café.

We worked closely with landlord Argent’s base build team and their architects Allies and Morrison to preserve the building’s core structure, whilst making necessary interventions to prepare it for its new life as a hospitality venue.
 
The main spatial concept was to reinstate the first floor ‘viewing’ gallery (previously in filled in the 90’s for office space) to allow for impressive views of all dining areas and most importantly the breath-taking roof structure.

Many of the building’s unique historic details, such as the climbing hooks in the ceiling and cast steel columns, have been retained, setting the tone for the choice of materials, colours and textures for interior detailing. Warm, walnut timber panelling and black and grey distressed leather upholstery have been juxtaposed with fresh, contemporary insertions such as the occasional pink and red tone to add depth and visual interest.
 
Photography by a variety of photographers that include Marcus Peel, Paul Winch-Furness and Jean Cazals.
 
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“Every D&D restaurant is a unique destination and treated with a particular and distinct design approach. Our brief for German Gymnasium was to create a modern interpretation of a classic brasserie, with German undertones – which led to much research, exploration and analysis. And, as someone with a German background myself, I was particularly conscious of our responsibility to honour and celebrate the building’s past as well as take it forward to an exciting future as a ‘destination’ restaurant and bar. I hope we have achieved this.”
 
Tina Norden, Project Director Conran and Partners
Awards
 
 
 
IDA Awards
Renovation
 
2017
German Gymnasium
Winner | Silver Place
 
 
Gold Key Award
Best restaurant fine dining
 
2016
German Gymnasium
Winner
 
 
Lux Award
Hospitality Lighting Design
 
2016
German Gymnasium
Winner
 
 
Blue Badge Style Award
Best High End Restaurant, Best Loo
 
2016
German Gymnasium
Winner
 
 
Restaurant and Bar Design Award
Best Restaurant or Bar in a Heriatge Building, Best UK Restaurant, Best Overall Restaurant (in the world)
 
2016
German Gymnasium
Winner
 
 
New London Award
Retail and Restaurants
 
2016
German Gymnasium
Winner
 
 
Hotelympia Award
Restaurant Design
 
2016
German Gymnasium
Finalist
 
 
Blueprint Awards
Best Interior Project - Leisure
 
2016
German Gymnasium
Shortlisted
 
 
FX Award
Bar and Restaurant
 
2016
German Gymnasium
Shortlisted
 
 
International Design Excellence Awards
Restaurant Design
 
2016
German Gymnasium
Shortlisted
 
 
AJ Retrofit Award
Listed Building under £5m category
 
2016
German Gymnasium
Shortlisted
 
 
World Interior News Award
Restaurants
 
2016
German Gymnasium
Shortlisted
 
 
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