PROJECT : TUK TUK / THAI FOOD BAR

BY : MOKO ARCHITECTS / MFRMGR : MARTA FREJDA / MICHAŁ GRATKOWSKI

COLLABORATION : ZOFIA WYGANOWSKA/MONIKA KOLON/PAMELA KRZYSZCZAK

LOGOTYPE : JAN ESTRADA OSMYCKI

AREA : 35 M2

YEAR : 2013

PLOT : PLAC ZBAWICIELA ,WARSAW, POLAND

CLIENT : TUK TUK

STATUS : COMPLETED

PHOTOGRAPHY : GRZEGORZ SZTYBEL

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Thai cuisine in Poland is usually associated with expensive sublime meals in large restaurants. There is no tradition of eating fresh food in small restaurants in the city or street food.The concept of TUK TUK was to bring the people living in Warsaw closer to the atmosphere of street food in Bangkok. In our opinion it seems rather like a lack of order and rules, a bit of chaos and food prepared with fresh local products which tastes and smells delicious. An inspiration for this project were the structures which can be seen above the markets in Thailand. In this single room of the restaurant we have designed an installation of square timber elements which appears to be out of order. It constitutes the vault and roof supporting the installed lights. Additionally, its aim is to attract the consumers. The restaurant is illuminated using fluorescent lamps mounted in irregular intervals and at various heights. The lamps provide two different shades of light – intense warmth and intense coldness. Under the above structure, small tables and colourful stools are placed irregularly. Initially, we proposed to use plastic stools, which are very often used in Thailand, but since it was impossible to acquire them, as a temporary option we used standard tools which are easily available. There is no determined method of placing the tables – they can be freely arranged depending on the guests’ needs. The entire design is matched with a neutral interior which features finishing materials so often used in Thailand street food restaurants, i.e. inexpensive terrazzo tiles. The kitchen is open and forms a stage where the chef is a starring actor.The design of TUK TUK does not contain any strict principles or a mathematical formula – it is merely an impression and a freely transformed collection of memories and associations brought here from a trip to Thailand.

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