Wagamama restaurant pavilion was constructed as part of our renovation work on Tower 42 in the City of London. The base of what is still the City's tallest building had an unsatisfactory relationship with the street. It was an uncomfortable place to walk or sit, as the tower generated strong gusts of wind that were drawn down the face of the building into the plaza.
The new restaurant pavilion brought much-needed animation to the plaza and helped to resolve the hostile micro-climate. Wind tunnel tests indicated an optimum shape and strong points in the subterranean structure were identified to provide support. The resulting restaurant has an idiosyncratic shape, retaining a pedestrian route through the site between Old Broad Street and Bishopsgate. Eating areas are visible through full-height glazing on cantilevered floor plates that are supported on a long spine wall. As the pavilion roof is highly visible from within the tower and from surrounding buildings, it is treated as a fifth façade, with a carefully maintained lawn on its top surface.