Durable materials were required for the boxes to withstand repetitive ball kicking, while bar areas and seating were required to feel inviting and soft. Geometric upholstery on seating and coloured tile grout on bars was used to reinforce the playfulness of the line work of the field, while tan leathers and shoelaces around mirrors in WC’s are a small nod to the construction and materiality of old footballs and boots.
Furniture selections and seating types had to cater to varying typologies and user modes throughout the experience. Box banquettes and Midfield high table seating were designed at a height and depth to encourage ‘perching’, so guests could be ready at any minute to jump up and take part in the gameplay. In contrast, furniture and low seating around the Cool Down Bar was designed to wind down, with bar tops made from recyclable plastics.
‘TOCA Social is grounded in fostering belonging through activity and socially led experiences – social spaces, new social functions and the rise in need for socialisation across varying types of environments has been increasing across market sectors, with the pandemic re-affirming this need,’ adds the team. ‘Experiences like TOCA are more important than ever to bring people back together and re-connect post-pandemic, as well as offer a bit of relief in the form of fun during challenging times. It’s a true embodiment of our client’s vision and appeals to a wide audience – whether football fans or not!’