Gundry & Ducker Architecture, London, 2012


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  • Axonometric    
  • Timber detail    
  • Light development sketch.    
  • Detail    
  • Floor pattern    

Sushi restaurant

Yoobi is London’s first temakeria. Temaki is fresh sushi wrapped in a cone. It is a unique sushi that was developed in Brazil, which has the largest population of Japanese people outside of Japan.

The brief was that the interior should reflect Rio, Tokyo and also London.

The existing building, a former warehouse, is stripped back to its original brick and painted out dark grey. A new timber lining is inserted which is folded into simple benches and plinths and counters. Marquetry patterns are inlaid into the timber lining which appear like shadows cast from the objects in the room.

Brass lines at regular intervals are inlaid into the floor, these follow the marquetry patterns and also form light fittings, and coat hooks which protrude out of the timber boxing. The lining is simple in form but rich in detail.

The counter from where you can see the sushi being freshly prepared is a contrasting pure white crystalline object. This sits on the timber lining and addresses the entrance to the shop.


  • Begun: Mar 2012
  • Completed: Jun 2012
  • Floor area: 76m2
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £183,000
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Dec 2011
  • Procurement: Was constructed by the client's own overseas builder
  • Address: 38 Lexington Street, London, W1F 0LL, United Kingdom

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