During the heyday of London’s Swinging Sixties, few places were groovier than the West End’s Covent Garden with its bustling stalls and boutiques. Now, despite the looming uncertainty of Brexit, Covent Garden is more popular than ever—in large part due to a redevelopment program that includes Nicolò Marzotto’s new VyTA restaurant and cocktail bar designed by Rome’s Collidanielarchitetto.
Encompassing almost 4,000 square feet on three levels, plus an additional 1,500 square feet outside, VyTA boldly reconfigures Covent Garden’s east tower, a grade II monument, into a tribute to Italian craftsmanship. At the entrance, a striking rosewood staircase rises to a first floor of vaulted ceilings and lacquered walls. “The pattern of the polychrome marble floor, with its dynamic and fluid geometry inspired by the artworks of futurist painter Giacomo Balla, has reversed the perception of the original spaces,” says Collidanielarchitetto founder Daniela Colli. “They were first small and fragmented, and now they are intimate and fluid, thanks to the alternating colors and the pressing rhythm of over 7,000 rhombuses and half-rhombuses.”
An upstairs cocktail bar sits between a small north-facing terrace and a larger one that faces south and projects into the Covent Garden dome. Its long green metal counter rivals only the new 100-seat patio beneath, shaded with white umbrellas, as the ideal spot to watch London reinvent itself again with a little help from its Italian neighbors.