13. May 2015

With attention to detail

Photos: Richard Southall, Emphasis Photography

The Roka Aldwych Restaurant in London/UK offers a unique style of Japanese Robatayaki cuisine, predominantly grilled food. The name Roka stands for a meeting place to enjoy food and drinks with friends (ro) with a warm and all-embracing energy surround (ka). The team from into lighting, in collaboration with the interior designers from designLSM and Claudio Silvestrin, were commissioned to create a cosy, warm ambience that would generate positive energy in the space. Natural materials – in the main wood – play a significant role in determining a pleasant dining environment, with simple lighting details lending the restaurant exquisite flair.

The central Robata Grill, which forms the heart of the restaurant, has an arrangement of mains dimmable halogen downlights to provide lighting to the eating area, display area and working area.

Linear LED luminaires incorporated into bespoke wall slots within the oak panelling make for an eye-catching but subtle detail. The rear wall bottle display is far more striking as a lighting feature. LED lighting integrated into the shelves uplights through the glass jars of Shochu tonics – a Japanese grain spirit – rendering them a series of glowing lanterns. Downlights illuminate the dining tables.

The combination of wooden surfaces and lighting details creates a modern Japanese urban dining environment that is warm and inviting. The scheme focuses on low-level and concealed lighting details and is designed to provide a high level of flexibility and dimming for the client.

 Project team:

Client: Rainer Becker, owner of the Roka Aldwych Restaurant
Interior architects: designLSM & Claudio Silvestrin
Lighting design: into lighting


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