Bayswater diners can now sample Kengo Kuma Associates’ first UK project, the interior fit out of the restaurant Cha Cha Moon (pictures by Edward Sumner).
Restaurateur Alan ‘Mr Wagamama’ Yau called in the superstar Japanese practice for the fit out of the latest in his chain of fusion restaurants. London-based Jane McKay Architects worked as executive architect.
A bamboo ceiling, made up of 6cm diameter bamboo rods, runs the restaurants’ length. Humidifiers squirt steam at intervals to stop the material cracking.
The restaurant is on the second floor of Whiteley’s shopping centre in Bayswater, West London.
Kuma, 54, took a few moments away from a steaming bowl of noodles to explain the concept.
‘It’s very simple - to create a rich space with very simple materials. This is what Chinese foods does and I wanted to do the same.
This bamboo is very similar to the one used in my Great (Bamboo) Wall House in Beijing, but that was a very rectangular form, here it is much more organic’
And what does he make of the grub? ‘I like this type of casual food. It is very good!’