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Bisushima, designed by Ben Adams Architects

Bisushima is a new signature modern Japanese restaurant located at the top of the Page8 hotel near Trafalgar Square.

The 6,000 sq ft restaurant features two extensive roof terraces, offering outdoor dining and spectacular views of London’s iconic skyline, Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square.

Following its work at Nobu, Ben Adams Architects collaborated with the restaurant’s brand agency to develop a design rooted in pared-back Japanese minimalism and which would create a harmonious relationship between food, guests and environment.

Without straying into pastiche, a number of Japanese-inspired elements are featured in the interior including a mural in blue and gold, which references traditional Japanese landscape art and highlights the subtle transition from day to night.

A restrained interior palette includes pale grey leather dining booths, concrete floors, the warm wooden accents of European Oak used throughout and lots of natural daylight. A coffered ceiling with an integrated bespoke lighting concept helps create a more intimate ambience and references the Japanese mending technique  of Kintsugi, or ‘golden repair’. By day the restaurant offers a calm and tranquil environment but after dark changes to showcase the drama of Japanese cookery. A large open grill and counter highlight the preparation and presentation skills of the chefs at work.

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