By Craig McIntyre,

Following the success of Tuk Tuk’s first restaurant in Edinburgh, the team appointed Four-by-Two to develop the concept for their sister restaurant in Glasgow. Situated on the bustling thoroughfare of Sauchiehall Street, Tuk Tuk Glasgow was to be a vibrant, energetic space that would stop people in their tracks.

The design reinforces the status of a design-led independent restaurant, taking authentic Indian street food culture to a new level with their innovative approach. With a vaulted ceiling stretching from front to rear of the long, narrow restaurant, the inspiration was drawn from traditional Indian Tuk Tuks, where owners brightly decorate the inside of the cabs to compete with competitors. A series of colourful structures and artworks were installed, subdividing the restaurant and providing fun, vibrant features wherever the customer looks.

A dynamic timber canopy sits at the front of the space, drawing views of the passer-by into the restaurant. Behind this, is a raft of 190 paint-dipped, terracotta lassi cups, suspended from the ceiling and forming a colourful light feature at high-level. Stretching the length of the main dining space, is a 14m long hand-painted mural by local artists Ciaran Globel and Conzo Throb.