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Khaaja Chowk
Khaaja Chowk
Khaaja Chowk
Khaaja Chowk
Khaaja Chowk
Khaaja Chowk

Location: Gurgaon, Haryana, India

Project Work Status: Completed Projects

Area: 650 Sq.Ft.

Client: Khaaja Chowk

Project Completed: 2005

A generous dash of fuchsia and red, a three-wheeler with scope for dining within and imageries of an active streetscape! The scope of the restaurant was "aspirational!" It is about celebrating the everyday man's existence on our streets, his Indian-ness without translating that into kitsch and re-interpreting that street culture and food into an urban format and give the Foreign fast food chains a run for their money! Inspiration came literally from the streets involving curating a typical Delhi streetscape elements from places like Chandni Chowk and translated that into the design. The site of 650 sft. was particularly complicated and tight as it was created by dividing an existing property into an awkwardly shaped half.

The facade draws you in by an ordinary GI sheet that comes in right from the front facade and wrapping the space up the double height space around the kitchen and becoming a false ceiling enclosing the HVAC units at the rear of the ground floor. A fuschia three-wheeler auto, universal in its presence throughout as a street icon, is the mascot which also doubles up as a seating for guests; the selection of the strong colour for the immediate brand association with the food chain. One side of the double height wall is the rendition of an actual streetscape superimposed on a mirror wall which reflects the customer's own images across it.

The kitchen is tucked in on the mezzanine and serves the restaurant through a custom designed mechanical trolley that carries food up and down on an open tray adding to the animation. Calendar art, simulated postcards of film stars, educational charts, matchbox images and accessories like surma dibbis from the street have been tweaked to be imprinted upon and encased within the tables and as props. While materials like leatherite, stainless steel, Kota and Cuddapah stone, corrugated GI, glass and mirrors have marked the forms; the colour palette has mehendi green and mustard along with fuchsia and red to accentuate the decor. A combination of compact fluorescent lighting and exposed 

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