"It is a restaurant to see and be seen in. Its clear glass facade, unencumbered by metal mullions, dissolves the barrier between inside and out, and opens up the three floors to light and air...Once inside an arrangement of solids and voids link the floors into a three dimensional sculpture."
Architects' Journal April 1991 on Now & Zen
The site started as an unpromising concrete shell with an almost unusable basement. Reinforced concrete walls and floors were removed and a whole new steel structure inserted to create the completely new curving mezzanine and to open up and connect the basement with the two floors above, creating one large space.
A spectacular glass 'dragon' waterfall unites the whole as it drops through all three floors from the roof to the basement. The chairs were designed especially for the restaurant by Rick Mather.
Use of advanced and innovative techniques of glazing in the façade and the pavement made it possible to bring light and the theatre of the street into the restaurant. The structural glass front includes the first frameless glass revolving door ever built.
A Zen dragon
Justin Henderson - April 92
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Zen and the art of glazing
Susan Dawson - April 91
Through the looking glass
Gaynor Williams - April 91
Zen and the art of cool
Emily Green - 23 Feb 91