After a successful collaboration with FUUR, Jigger & Pony, owners Indra Kantono and Gan Guoyi approached us to design their second outlet, Sugar Hall, a Jamaican rum and grill restaurant. They envisioned a tropical restaurant with the feel of a barn-turned-community hall.The space has three zones – the bar in front, main dining area in the middle, and a more private banquette seating area at the back for large groups – all visually connected, dressed in a colour palette of red and olive green. Referencing plantations and rafters, we designed a trellis canopy over the bar that stretches through the restaurant, and extends onto the glazing of the shop front to form the facade. It is a defining feature of the space that frames the interior from the street.

Sugarhall’s length was played up in the main dining area through the use of long rattan benches lining the wall and island communal tables, while in the banquette seating area, a recycled log wall frames the kitchen window, lending a sense of homeliness and a connection with the kitchen.