The brief was to convert an existing rundown takeaway into a trendy Japanese Café in Kingsland – a relaxed contemporary environment, on a restrictive budget and tight programme. The existing building is very narrow with a small street frontage, small garden to the rear and upstairs flat. The outcome is a design that creates an open planned, light and airy feel, opening up the tightness of the small space. The café runs the length of the narrow building with a semi-open kitchen encouraging diner interaction. The use of light colours enhances the openness and creates a fresh feel in a style reflective of the wholesome menu. Material palette and lighting is very simple and zen-like, including silver baby corrugated iron on the lower area of the servery, contrasted with a dark stained timber slab bench, light coloured walls and simple elegant decoration.