Ichiba London – reportedly Europe’s largest Japanese food hall, designed by CADA Design with Bluecrow Projects selected as the main contractor inside Westfield London, White City.
One of Bluecrow’s largest fit-outs to date, the gigantic, 17,400 sq ft blank canvas was transformed into a magnificent food hall, offering a large range of imported Japanese goods within its many different specialised areas.
With all sections being bespoke built, a multitude of different materials were used to deviate one area to another. All surfaces and perimeter counter tops are finished in Terrazzo and fitted with under counter LED lighting.
Tiles ranged from chevron and hexagon timber tiles for the floor; marble tiles for the bakery worktop, shelving and counter cladding with concrete effect tiles for the kitchens and noodle bar facade.
European rustic oak was used for the joinery throughout. This can be seen on the freezer panelling, ceilings, shelving, fridges, and even the large bespoke ornamental Sake barrel.
Aesthetically, the Ichiba design is bold and contemporary, reflecting Japan through subtle environmental elements like chopstick-style lighting.