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.
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.
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.
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.
Project name – TUK TUK - thai street food bar. Project city, country – Warsaw , Poland. Architects / Designers – MFRMGR / Marta Frejda , Michał Gratkowski / MOKO ARCHITECTS . Collaboration – Monika Kolon , Zofia Wyganowska , Pamela Krzyszczak. Photography – Grzegorz Sztybel. Floor area-35 m2. Completed - 2013