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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Spice Market in London, United Kingdom by Concrete Architectural Associates

September 12th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Concrete Architectural Associates 

Spice Market London

Imagine a wall of spices containing all the colours, flavours and fragrances of Asian cuisine. Imagine a spice cabinet, 2 floors high, 24 metres long and revealing every ingredient the chef will need to create the distinguished Spice Market dishes. This spice cabinet is here, as the centre-piece of the restaurant and starting point for a great dinnertime. When you look up from the street and see through the transparent restaurant façade, you can even see the cabinet from there.

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  • Architects: Concrete Architectural Associates
  • Project: Spice Market
  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Photography: ewout huibers
  • Client: Starwood Hotels & Resorts,  McAleer & Rushe Group, Culinary Concepts by Jean-Georges
  • Project team: Rob Wagemans, Jeroen Vester, Melanie Knüwer, Ulrike Lehner, Erik van Dillen, Sofie Ruytenberg, Femke Zumbrink
  • Architect building: Jestico + Whiles
  • Developer: McAleer & Rushe Group
  • Contractor: McAleer & Rushe Group
  • Specialist joinery public spaces: MJM Group, Eclipse Furniture (loose furniture)
  • Lighting Consultant: Maurice Brill Lighting Design
  • Total area: 530m2  incl. front cooking, excl. preparation cooking
  • Duration construction: 13 months
  • Opening: February the 14th, 2011

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Spice Market London is a unique mix of the ethnic vintage feel of Spice Market New York and the contemporary architecture of the new building on Leicester Square in London. The eclectic and intimate design is a result of gold mesh sliding screens, brass screen lanterns, jatoba timbo flooring and cosy booths, a unique brass ‘birdcage’ spiral stairs and 600 wok-lights.

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The restaurant is a two-level space connected by the grand iconic birdcage-staircase and a central void in the mezzanine floor, transporting the energy from the kitchen into the entire space. Guests can settle on both floors and choose from a wide variation of seats: cocktail bar, sushi bar and lounge seating on the ground floor and restaurant seating with an open kitchen on the mezzanine floor.

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Monumental brass lanterns with laser-cut patterns give a warm and soft glow and shed an extraordinary decorative light throughout the restaurant area. Another eccentric light creation can be found when looking up into an endless sea of wok lamps hanging from the ceiling. Of course, Spice Market is not just about the cooking inside the kitchen.

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There are bar stools if you have to wait for a friend and have a drink in the meantime, there are armchairs at the bespoke dinner table for two, a black leather seating booth for the more intimate dinners and a black leather lounge chair or sofa with cushions to relax and have a chat over the coffee later.

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FACTS & MATERIALS: Floor – Wall – Ceiling – Lighting – Furniture

Spice Market

Floor: 1 – timber flooring, jatoba (solid hard wood), wooden floor with rough finish (planed, without sanding, lacquered)

Wall: 1 – spice wall, jatoba (solid hard wood) shelves, gold mirror back wall

2 – sliding panels, frame of black powder coated aluminium with brass mesh

3 – gold mirror with pattern (frosted), bespoke design

4 – gold mirror

5 – glossy black laminate with printed pattern, bespoke design

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Ceiling: 1 – painted, black RAL 9005; all services are exposed and painted black

Lighting: 1 – wok-lamp pendant, bespoke design, power LED, brass brushed

2 – lanterns, backlit brass plate with laser cut pattern, jatoba plinth

3 – black wired pendant lights by Decode

4 – shelves with recessed LED strips

5 – surface mounted spots along façade

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Furniture: 1 – bar and show kitchen, polished brass with jatoba bar top (outside) and st/steel kitchen equipment (inside)

2 – seating booths upholstered with black leather (by Crestleather, Old English black), back cushion upholstered with fabric by Kvadrat (messenger 3, dark grey), booths are cut outs of jatoba podium

3 – sofas, upholstered with black leather (by Crestleather, Old English black), back cushion upholstered with fabric by Kvadrat (messenger 3, dark grey), base made of black stained oak

4 – chairs with armrest and cushion, by Arper, type Duna, upholstered with fabric (by Kvadrat, messenger 3, colours grey, dark orange, orange, red), lounge height and dinner height

5 – bar stools, by Gervasoni, Inout black 128, beech

6 – tables, bespoke design, with black base and black stained oak table top, different sizes and heights

7 – reception desk, polished brass with jatoba worktop

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Special: 1 – iconic staircase, steel construction, black powder-coated spine and handrail, jatoba steps, balustrade made of brass tubes, manufactured by Smederij van Rijn

Restrooms Spice Market

Floor: 1 – tiles by Mosa, Terra Maestricht, strokes, 600x75mm

Wall: 1 – tiles by Mosa, More than white, mosaic, black

2 – glossy black laminate with printed pattern, bespoke design

3 – gold mirror

Ceiling: 1 – black RAL 9005, spray painted MDF

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Lighting: 1 – pendant lights, by Modular, suspended bolster, chrome

2 – half mirror globe bulbs above wash basins

Furniture: 1 – vanity unit, black corian
Sanitary: 1 – wash basin by Catalano, type I maestri, gold

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Floor:  1 – black granite tiles, honed/polished, size 600x600mm
Wall:  1 – panels upholstered with black artificial leather and silver stitching, stitching pattern is an abstraction of the Union Jack
Ceiling: 1 – metal tiles, RAL 9010
Lighting: 1 – LED cove lighting along black glass walls, on ceiling and floor level
Special: 1 3-way mirror from floor to ceiling + integrated flatscreen

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