The restaurant, which opens next month in London’s Canary Wharf, sits within three floor-to-ceiling glass walls and is owned by Inc Group, which briefed the practice to create ‘a warmer and more welcoming space’, says Jonathan Mangham, Mango Architecture founder.
Mangham’s solution replaces the minimal decor and white walls of Nobu with glass, chestnut wood, leather and granite. He was also asked to create an interior that wouldn’t compete with the restaurant’s panoramic view.
The 100-seat restaurant shares its floor with a lounge area, also designed by the consultancy, which has been coloured in ‘clarets, golds and chestnuts’ and features a mirrored glass bar, green willow leather banquettes, ‘sage leather’ barstools and hand-blown pendant lights made by Anthony Stern.
A private members’ club is planned for next year, where ‘very different’ decor is promised. Wooden panelling, leather sofas and ‘opulent’ colours will run through a private dining area.
The restaurant identity has been designed by Glasgow consultancy Algiz.