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MOSHIMO MAKES FIRST FOOTPRINT TOWARDS SKYLIGHT
Brighton’s pre-eminent Japanese restaurant MOSHIMO has completed the first phase of its plans to create Skylight, an ambitious building that will eventually soar over the surrounding buildings seven floors up, affording diners dramatic views of the sea and the Old Town of Brighton.
The substantial expansion of the existing MOSHIMO restaurant on the ground floor increases the number of customer seating by 50%. The new section is designed to be able to cater for larger groups, with seats on wheels, called “Bento Booths,” that slide to form bespoke configurations.
“As with everything we do at MOSHIMO, we’ve created something very different. Everything is on castors so we can adapt the layout of the seating to suit any size of group,” says Karl Jones, who co-owns the restaurant with Nicholas Röhl. “If you want a dedicated seating space for ten, twenty, or for forty, we can do it – and in a way that no other restaurant can.”
MOSHIMO is famous for its external walls that can be moved like traditional Japanese shoji walls, opening the entire restaurant up to the outside.
The expansion of the ground floor restaurant paves the way for the next stage of the development, due in late 2018, which will see a beautiful twisting lift stalk rise out of the existing restaurant to take diners up to the Skylight building high above. Glimpsed from adjacent streets, it will appear like a lantern in the sky.
“Skylight has the potential to transform and inspire,” says Nicholas Röhl. “We came up with this idea as a way of revitalizing a tired and under-utilised square in the heart of Brighton, and we’re thrilled that we’re on the road to realizing it.”
“The ground floor expansion is the first stage in the transformation of Bartholomew Square which started with us building MOSHIMO sixteen years ago,” says Röhl, who in 2000 took a disused faux Regency building in the centre of the square and turned it into one of Brighton’s most popular restaurants.
Skylight has been developed by MOSHIMO co-owners Karl Jones and Nicholas. It is designed by studioSPOON.
11 Sept 2017
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