Waku Ghin Restaurant / JZA+D


Architects: JZA+D
Location: Marina Bay Sands,
Contractor: Marina Bay Sands Construction
Client: Tetsuya Wakuda
Project area: 8,000 sq. ft.
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of JZA+D


World-renowned Australian Chef Tetsuya Wakuda brings his culinary vision to restaurant Waku Ghin (Silver), an 8,000 square foot space located at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The program consists of a sake bar/caviar lounge, four teppanyaki rooms, a main dining room, drawing room and support spaces. The space selected for Waku Ghin was squeezed between the established kitchen area and an adjacent restaurant. The resulting design transforms this narrow linkage into a Grand Hall; a promenade connecting distinct programmatic elements.


Sitting on the edge of the casino floor the translucent glass paneled façade hints at the warm lighting and cool forms of the interior. Diners enter the sake bar/caviar lounge and are welcomed by the sinuous walls of the Grand Hall. Manipulated against each other to take advantage of the space’s compressed nature, the walls create an elegant gallery which leads to the intimate teppanyaki rooms and the main dining room. A 3,000 bottle wine room, together with another sweeping wall, enfold the main dining space while framing the Singapore skyline.


Hard metallic surfaces reflect the Chef’s love for Japanese knife-making and are counterbalanced with warm woods and illuminated flowing silk fabrics. The synthesis of materials was followed through even in the smallest detail; the design of the carpet was inspired by the undulating patterns of folded steel, from one of the knives in the chefs’ collection.


The design for Waku Ghin was comprehensive and included the design of light fixtures, furniture, wall coverings and carpets. In addition, the project required an understanding of locally sourced materials including FSC certified woods, rapidly renewable resources and recycled materials. This commitment to sustainability is also emphasized in the furniture and lighting designed for the space.


The architecture of Waku Ghin strives to create a synergy between the Chef’s culinary creations and spatial environments; simple materials and ingredients used in unexpected and dynamic ways.

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Cite: "Waku Ghin Restaurant / JZA+D" 07 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=92641>
  • http://insooth.i365.pl/insooth/ fj

    Lovely, especially those wooden parts and chairs.

  • http://on.fb.me/holcim-awards Holcim Awards

    This is overly luxurious. It would be more powerful if they simplified the material palette.

  • archifan

    Holcim: It looks like plaster and wood. What’s your palette? Paper or plastic?

  • archifan

    Looks like plaster and wood. What’s your palette Holcim? Paper or plastic?