To design the second site for the team behind 26 Grains in Neal’s Yard. The brief was to create a transitional space with an open theatre kitchen at the heart of the restaurant in Borough Market, London.
The site sat across 2 units that were knocked together to create one space. The challenge was to create a space that allowed the kitchen to be visible and that could transition seamlessly from day to night. Light within the space was also an issue as the site has no source of light other than the entrance. Our approach was to select a pallet of warm wood tones, marbles and zinc, and matched it with original opal wall lights and ceiling lights. The walls were skimmed in pitted plaster and a large arched window with rippled glazing as well as the open kitchen hatch connects the dining area to the action in the kitchen. Joinery played an important part of the design to reflect the Nordic origins of the brand. All joinery elements were design specifically for the scheme. To combat the issue of light we designed 2 large glazed doors to allow light to flood into the space. These doors are bespoke and can be completely opened for warmer months to open the restaurant up to the outside dining space and the market. During cooler months a coffee hatch allows customers to be served straight out onto the street. These doors allow for a constant connection to the outside. Light wells were also installed in the ceiling to flood the space with natural light. The result is a space that is warm and inviting and transitions seamlessly from day to evening with a connection to customers both inside and outside.