Putney Bridge Restaurant contributes significantly to the public enjoyment of a sensitive but difficult site, employing modern materials ranging from a waterproof concrete basement raft to a lightweight steel and glass superstructure.
Putney Bridge represents a light-hearted response to a delightful setting, showing how an uncompromisingly contemporary design, which fully exploits modern technology, can enhance a Conservation Area.
The site itself dictates the shape of the building with the ground and basement floors conceived as an extension of the Embankment walls and groundworks which define the riverside location. These act as a base for a single storey glazed pavilion at first floor level. Although essentially solid the ground floor features major openings onto a riverside terrace to derive maximum benefit from the prospects.
A generous expanse of pavement provides a setting down point for the entrance at the thin end of the linear wedge shaped site. This eastern front end is dramatised by a conical window, the focal point over the entrance, which continues down to the ground floor entrance visually linking it with the Restaurant above. This link is reinforced by a pair of double height steel columns supporting the oversailing roof which flank the cone and frame it.
A long bar leads to a Cafe area within the ground floor with the increased width at the far western end being emphasised by the lowering of the floor with a major glazed sliding door opening onto a raised terrace.
A curved stair situated at the entrance leads directly to the first floor restaurant which features a split level section to give all seats a view and which sets off the riverside elevations as a series of terraces.
The first floor glass pavilion faces north towards the river and a tilted copper clad roof shields the south elevation from sunlight and traffic nuisance while emphasising river views. A generous oversail prevents any sense of over exposure from the fully glazed elevations particularly in winter.