Restaurants in Mumbai are one of the few public spaces that architects have the freedom to experiment with. It was our desire to design this restaurant to be an expression of that freedom. In the quest to discover a new design aesthetic for restaurants in the city, this space was envisioned to be a canvas of neutrals to keep the emphasis clearly on the food and beverages served.
To further enhance this, we steered clear from walls filled with disconnected and meaningless artworks and arti-facts and stuck to a clutter-free aesthetic that evoked comfort through simplicity.
The column-less warehouse was just a shell—no plaster, no flooring, no walls—which we designed to translate the chef/owner’s journey from small scale delivery kitchen to a full-service restaurant and bar.
The space boasts two striking elements, the stepped seating and the open kitchen, which takes inspiration from the former outlet and has been re-interpreted to create an engaging social landscape that is unique to the restaurant.
The largest challenge was that of the open kitchen and its effect on maintaining the efficiency of the air conditioning. In order to solve these issues we placed the hot range at the rear of the kitchen, refrigerators at the front and created a double fresh air buffer between the heavy exhaust and the air conditioning. The capacity of the AC’s had to be increased to ensure a cool atmosphere despite the heat from the kitchen.
Name: Goyaa | Location: Mumbai
About Nikita D’silva
Co-Founder, Stand Design, Mumbai
Nikita D’Silva co-founded Stand Design in 2016 with her partner Siddhant Tikkoo. Always keen to meet new people and exchange ideas, Nikita D’Silva believes keenly in the relationship between nature and structures. She enjoys taking a holistic approach to her design that is grounded in strategic thinking with a sharp eye for the minutest of details. Her exceptionally creative interior design thinking skills got recognised by way of the Emerging Interior Designer Award in WADE ASIA 2019.
*Winning Project-Emerging Interior Designer