Indian restaurant Chai Ki has moved into Canary Wharf’s Crossrail Place, a new dining and shopping destination designed by Norman Foster.

DesignLSM conceived the interiors for the restaurant and its Toddy Shop bar together with founder Rohit Chugh, the man behind Roti Chai in central London.

‘The design style is urban with raw finishes,’ describe the architects. ‘Each area within the space has its own character and personality, yet has been designed to ensure visual harmony across the whole scheme.’

Chai Ki features exposed ducts and pipes, along with metal and wood finishes. Saffron curtains and leather banquettes provide counterpoints.

There are also references to India, including waiter stations in the same vein as the country’s street stalls. The wall lights in the Toddy Shop bar are made from the same headlights seen on scooters in Indian cities.

Crossrail Place designed by Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners designed the seven-storey Crossrail Place, a structure built above Canary Wharf’s Crossrail station, coming in 2018

Crossrail Place, which houses Chai Ki, launched in May. Upon its opening, Foster said: ‘The social magnets of shopping, bars, restaurant and a public garden are part of an enlightened partnership between the public and private domains.

‘The building is conceived to mediate between the adjoining worlds of Canary Wharf and the local community.’



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