Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India
Area: 9000 Sq. Ft.
Client: Jsm Corporation
Shiro (Japanese for Castle), opens its fourth Pan Asian outlet in India by the dynamic JSM group after successes in Mumbai, Bangalore and Goa. Shiro & Tsuki together in Japanese mean 'White Moon'.
In its latest avatar in New Delhi - the dramatic setting of the restaurant is taken to the next level, as the brand extends itself into an entertainment space. To preserve continuity of the brand, the space builds further on a basic palette of materials and artefacts, as an evolution of the look and feel of the initial Shiro outlets developed in Mumbai and Bangalore by Khosla Associates.
This is a space that transforms itself from a chic dining experience to a throbbing nightclub carrying off this difficult act with consummate ease. The experience unfolds at the lobby as one arrives at a 30 meter high, old wooden gate and enters through a bridge along a wall of reed and lanterns. On entry, one is greeted by the sound of water trickling down the rain chains and the aroma of the oiled wooden floor.
A bar to one side, a more intimate live Teppanyaki area on the other side, and an al-fresco dining deck on the third, flank the central restaurant space.The main dining area itself is a 30 ft high space laid out in amphitheatre style platforms, which, apart from creating interesting visual connections, also allow for areas to be let out as private dining areas, a popular feature amongst the high end Delhi clientele.
On weekend late nights, furniture rolls away under platforms, the wall above the bar unfolds to reveal the DJ, tables and ledges light up and later at night pulse with colour as Shiro (the restaurant) transforms into Tsuki the nightclub