An Eye-Popping New Mini-Golf House in London – Inside Design

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tubular green banquette seating in front of the fifth hole, with graphic colorful wallpaper behind
Near the fifth hole, custom tubular banquette seating mixes with neon tables and poufs.

Mini-golf fans who love to putter around kitsch lighthouse-and-monster-strewn courses at holiday destinations and gaming complexes will likely have their minds blown when they take a turn at the new Birdies Crazy Golf at the Angel venue in north London. U.K. design firm Shed’s first shot at a Birdies was a winner in Battersea, but the second one is true 5,400-square-foot champion.

“When designing their new venue, each strategic design choice, from materiality to lighting and game play, had to not only support the brand identity, but was the brand identity,” explains Shed partner Dave Dalziel. That identity? Illuminance chaos, which Dalziel describes as a series of lighting concepts at each hole, from tracks to spots to feature suspensions, which can vary in hue, speed, and pulses—delighting, and bedeviling, game players. 

Adding to the fun are interventions, including vast walls of yellow and black polka dots, a tunnel in reflect chevron, bunkers, and even a jungle of palm trees. Shed’s concepts are winners as far as Birdies is concerned: Nick Frow, co-founder of Birdies Angel, says the space is the first of an expansion plan that will include five more in London and 20 through the country, all in the next few years. “We can’t wait to get out new North London visitors in the doors,” he says, “and show them what all the fuss is about.”

For those longing to celebrate a win or gamely wallow in defeat after swinging their clubs—or for those whose idea of club culture is more like a cocktail lounge—the new location offers a buzzy, neon pink bar “Especially in the world of competitive socializing,” Dalziel says, “design gives the element of surprise to the experience and creates an illusion of another world that envelopes people the minute the walk through the doors.” Sometimes it takes them out of this world altogether. 

a bar with a neon pink front and an electric yellow table in front
The bar, sunk below a mesh canopy and ringed in neon pink, is the Birdies’ 10th hole.
a bird sculpture guards the third hole of Birdies Crazy Golf
The Birdies mascot guards the ramp at the third hole.
a floor lamp in a green room is the setting of the fourth hole at Birdies Crazy Golf
The fourth hole is a study in monochromatic visuals, offering a pun on the idea of a putting green.
tubular green banquette seating in front of the fifth hole, with graphic colorful wallpaper behind
Near the fifth hole, custom tubular banquette seating mixes with neon tables and poufs.
hole 7 at Birdies Crazy Golf is covered in blue and pink Tetris-esque towers
The team devised towers, cambers, and undulating floors—all further complicated by surprise mirrors and flashing lights—for a Tetris-esque hole.
a ball with the number 9 hangs above the two-player Roulette vortex that players must shoot into to win
A custom circular light fixture marks the spot for the ninth hole’s two-player Roulette vortex, in which a single shot determines the win.
a checkerboard hallway stretches to the seventh hole
Mirrors stretch the seventh hole’s checkerboard hallways into infinity, while recessed lights establish dimension.
the fifth hole is flanked by wall treatments of polka dots and geometric patterns
The fifth hole takes a Memphis palette for a spin, with alternating wall treatments of multi-color polka dot, grid, and geometric patterns among the kinetic ramp and gravi-track.

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