Refreshing Ideas

Zen Garden Bar ./
Zen Garden Bar
Brief ./

To design a basement bar that would capture the visitor's imagination.


./The aim was to create a hidden gem within a busy city centre where visitors would be taken to another world, an escape from their usual surroundings that would provided a unique and exciting experience.

The team developed their ideas through research of Japanese garden design, such as, bridges, paths and building styles. These elements were explored and exaggerated to create a contemporary yet abstract layout with interior architecture that would frame the scenery beyond.

Through this process areas emerged that would provide space for the bar, private seating areas, and social areas for groups to meet and relax.


As the space is located within a basement level with no natural light it was important to deliver a lighting design that would complement the concept, highlight key features and provide task lighting for visitors and staff members.

Specialist light fittings were specified to emphasise the dramatic atmosphere required within the space.

Furniture was carefully chosen to add to the overall affect of the design. Within the hanging gardens of vibrant artificial planting, swing chairs were playfully positioned to appear part of a natural landscape. Loose seating and tables were nestled between architectural features to create secluded areas.

What Others Say./ About Our Work

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So Sound were absolutely brilliant, their pitch was imaginative and they absolutely nailed it. Month after re-opening we took more rental bookings for the facility than we did in the whole of last season, our members love it and bar sales are up by 20% because it is all so efficiently designed.
-Ian Wotton Selby RUFC
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It was a pleasure working with such a professional, knowledgeable and customer focused organisation.
-Paul Reynolds Director - Rothwell Catering Ltd
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of Whitehaven RLFC for the work undertaken by your company So Sound Architecture & Interior Design on the refurbishment at Whitehaven Rugby League’s Recreation Ground. The work included support in development of specifications and design along with plans for the refurbishment, which I have to say were all completed to an extremely high standard in the most efficient manner showing great urgency to meet our extremely tight deadlines.
-Barry Richardson - CEO – Whitehaven Rugby League club Ltd
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The So Sound Design team, led by Jen, turned our vision into reality. Through interactive design sessions, Jen and the team developed a design that embodies the RE:WORK core values and corporate image. So Sound Design were professional and creative throughout the design process, bringing knowledge and expertise to the table and to help lead the construction effort.
-Caroline Wherritt - Chief Executive - Re:Work
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