design, planning, tendering and site management of a restaurant in hackesches quartier berlin for GRAFT architects
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woka’licious – from ‚wok’ and ‚delicious’ – is Thai fusion cuisine from finest ingredients. Situated in the heart of Berlin-Mitte in the just accomplished ‘Hackesches Quartier’, the spatial concept reflects the character of the menu: light, organic and natural, in a balance of diversity and clarity. While open to square and street with ample shop windows, the restaurant’s back wall is carried out as a horizontally structured wooden relief, which in materiality, curvature and stacking reminds us of the characteristic bamboo steamer baskets in which the delicious dim sums, a typical Asian dish in small portions linked with the tradition of tea tasting, are prepared and served. Swinging from the entrance along the whole length of the restaurant, the relief connects its three main parts: The main dining area (dining) in the western part, the central bar with a double counter and open show kitchen (short stay) and the lounge-like ‘private dining’ in the back part (relaxing) with seating bench and lounge chairs. The lounge can be partitioned by a curtain and used separately by groups in a flexible way. Reflective film on the narrow sides of the wooden relief result in brightly illuminating reflexes according to the standpoint of the beholder and the exposure to light, subtle zest in the predominantly mild and natural mix of materials. Apart from soft indirect lighting, the protruding light object Ameba focuses on the central gallery of tables in the main dining area. Against the light natural materials in the dining area, the lavatories’ dark almost black materials form a strong contrast to the accentuating gold of glass mosaic tiles, wallpapers and painted surfaces.