PROJECTS & COLLABORATIONS → BAO BATTERSEA

BAO Battersea

By MATH Design

DATE

2023

LOCATION

Battersea Power Station, London

Experience BAO Noodle Shop in the iconic Battersea Power Station.

在標誌性的巴特西發電站內體驗 BAO 麵館。

BAO has quickly become a noodle selling powerhouse to London diners as the Taiwanese restaurant opens its 6th location at the iconic Battersea Power Station as one of the restaurants found in Arcade.

Founded by the creative culinary trio Erchen Chang, Shing Tat, and Wai Ting Chung and later becoming a JKS Restaurants, BAO is a gastronomic haven that offers casual all day dining to Battersea shoppers while keeping a few surprising cards hidden up their sleeve for those that want a more unique dining experience.

While each location offers specialty dishes, BAO Battersea recommends the Danzai braised pork and prawn noodles, you can still find signature BAO classics from authentic noodles made with 100% Taiwanese flour to the titular bao buns. 

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BAO’s interior features stunning wood panels with warm tones accented by sharp red upholstery and a mirrored bar that brings a traditional Taiwanese style into the modern day. Shared long tables paired with chrome low stools offer relaxed communal dining or you can take a seat at the bespoke side chairs along the counter which give an unobstructed view into the kitchen. As you settle around the expansive wrap-around counter, the talented chefs will serve up steaming bowlfuls of rich and flavorful beef noodle soup, tantalising xiao chi (small bites), and, of course, their signature BAOs. Each bite will transport you to the bustling streets of Taiwan, where flavours are abundant and memories are made but BOA doesn’t stop there … 

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Pick up a microphone in the ‘Control Room’ and belt out a few songs in their private karaoke room if you want to turn dinner into an unforgettable night out. The room is inspired by the history of the power station and Jacques Tati’s iconic film, Playtime. With an atmospheric colour palette, bespoke fixed seating and control panels begging to be switched, the control room is a true blend of Battersea power station and BAO. Just look up at the glittering disco ball to get in the real mood to party.

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At Kirkdale, we have loved collaborating on this project. The team behind the BAO interiors, MATH design, bring a positive approach to their design process that lives in the attention to detail of their immersive visual world through the restaurant interiors to their online graphics.

Our collaboration helped the supply of all the loose and fixed furniture, including bespoke banquets, low stools and the vibrant fixed stools. All items were manufactured in the UK and tested for contract use. The design of the counter stools were particularly fun to be involved in as the silhouette is reminiscent of their logo, ‘the lonely man’ eating his bao buns. 

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Our in-house design team worked closely with Math design, creating architectural drawings to ensure that the ergonomics were perfect, allowing the sitter to enjoy a comfortable and delicious bowl of noodles.

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At BAO Battersea, the ethos of “The Lonely Man” reigns forever. “His presence resonates with us and our diners” making every visit special. BAO invites you to join them in creating new memories and celebrating the joy of food both communally and as an individual.

Did you like the bespoke red and chrome stools designed for this project?

If you are interested in finding out more about us and our contract furniture or our bespoke capabilities, please contact our team through email hello@kirkdalestudios.com 

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Like the sound of BAO Battersea?

 BAO Noodle Shop offers an array of tantalising dishes that cater to all palates. Whether you are a noodle enthusiast, a xiao chi aficionado, or an avid BAO lover, their menu has something to satisfy every craving. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available, ensuring that everyone can revel in the BAO experience.

CLIENT

JKS Restaurant

PHOTOGRAPHY

Ash James