Europe – Architecture studio Borstein Lyckefors has designed a series of restaurants in Sweden and Denmark that centre around the game pétanque.
Pétanque, a French game similar to boules, is typically played outdoors, but the Boulebar spaces bring the game into an indoor hospitality environment. The restaurants, each with their own design aesthetic, contain a large gravel area for play, alongside spaces for meals, coffee or cocktails.
To recreate the setting of a park, the spaces feature trees in large pots, bench-style seats and playful details such as a bar mimicking an ice cream stand and a set of swings. ‘Today, [Boulebar] fits well within a larger trend of the hospitality industry where people tend to combine food and drink with activities such as bowling, table tennis and shuffle board,’ says architect Johan Olsson.
While traditional eatertainment venues are traditionally associated with children or budget dining, Boulebar introduces an element of luxury to the experience.