outline: bangalore express restaurant, london

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bangalore express restaurant by outline
image courtesy outline

UK firm outline have sent us images of their interior design of the bangalore express
indian restaurant in london.

previously a thai restaurant, outline’s response was to strip the space back to its
basic shell of three separate areas. great care was taken to frame the views through
and between these spaces, so that they made a cohesive whole, while maintaining
a sense of intimacy. the restaurant’s wall cladding has a linear pattern cut into it.
this was done on site using a circular saw to cut shallow grooves. the cladding was
then painted one solid colour, after which some of the shapes, created by the grooves,
were painted in a strict palette of three contrasting colours. this allowed a composition
of shapes and colours, which moves the customer’s eyes around and through the spaces
in a controlled way.

most of the furniture is constructed from fastclamp, galvanised steel tube and fixings,
normally used in scaffolding. this gives the restaurant a purposeful, harder edge than
the rest of the materials and introduces an urban aspect to the interior.

a series of double height booths runs the entire length of one side of the restaurant.
diners access the higher booths by a scaffold tube step ladder. a mock up of this
arrangement was constructed on site to work out how the waiters would serve to
the higher levels and review the experience for the customer. the high booths have
proved to be a popular feature for the restaurant, while also providing a valuable
24 extra covers.

general info
client – waterloo leisure
design – outline
main contractor – tba contractors
electrical – griffin electrical services
graphics – colour works design
photography – philip vile
project completion  january 2008.
total sqmtrs – 225

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