Wokalicious

Project type: Hospitality, Restaurant

 

Location: Berlin, Germany

 

Time: 2010

 

Client: Dr. Jan Schäfer, Faris Nager, Rainer Wendt

 

Status: Completed

 

Size: 300 sqm

 

Costs: non-disclosed

 

Photos: GRAFT

Passion for Food

 

Wokalicious – 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 of the characteristic bamboo baskets in which the delicious dim sums 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 divided off by a curtain and used separately by groups in a flexible way.

 

Reflective film on the narrow sides of the wooden relief results 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.

 

As against the light natural materials in the dining area, in the lavatories dark almost black materials form a strong contrast to accentuating gold of glass mosaic tiles, wallpapers and painted surfaces.