Wahaca Waterloo involved working in a basement site with an obvious reliance on artificial light to control the atmosphere. The theme of the restaurant is defined by several pieces of art by French artist Sebastien Preschoux, which use recycled railway sleepers and four miles of yellow rope. The role of the lighting was therefore to reveal the texture, space and art of the space while creating a relaxed environment. The highlight of the space is in the entrance way, where light is cast upon the rope in a way which looks like lasers after dark.

Architect: Softroom Studio

Photography: Julian Abrams