Wagamama, a well-known Asian franchise concept with more than 10 branches in the Netherlands and Belgium, opened a new restaurant almost every year in recent years.
With a fixed construction team and to the design of Studio Saam, an architect from Amsterdam, each new Wagamama is created. In this team, INTOS is responsible for interior construction.
In the Wagamamas, not only should the Asian dishes with the Japanese twist be smelling and tasting, but the interior should also make visitors feel like they are in Asian spheres. Therefore, the material combination of walnut and oak with brass is reflected in every design. Nevertheless, no one Wagamama is the same. The position and dimensions of the furniture are always tailored to the location and the kitchen design is different every time. Each branch also has its own eye-catchers, such as the bars with special canopies made of rattan or bottles, for example.
Despite the recurring elements, the design is tailor-made each time. Structural consultation takes place with the permanent construction team in order to have clear expectations. The restaurants are between 200 and 400 m2 in size. Total construction time averages 14 weeks, including the preparatory work in our workshop. After three weeks of on-site assembly, we deliver the restaurants. Cooperation in the construction team always runs like a well-oiled machine!
To deal sustainably with interior elements, in the case of a conversion or renovation, existing furniture is transformed into new interior elements or furniture. For example, old tables are turned into stools. At least 30 per cent of the material is reused in this way. And material that we do not use immediately is stored.
In the Netherlands and Belgium, we have delivered Wagamamas in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Kijkduin, Leidschendam, Brussels and Antwerp, among others.
Arjen Schrama, Wagamama Benelux director: "It is enormously pleasant to work with the regular construction team of which INTOS is fortunately also part. They move mountains in times of conversions and renovations. "And we can always rely on them to deliver a quality end result on time which also pays attention to sustainability."
"The trick is to create a different interior in each Wagamama within the uniformity. In Kijkduin, the restaurant has a real beach atmosphere and in Leidschendam it is part of the covered outdoor garden with various catering establishments. As a fixed construction team, involvement is very high and we know exactly how we can reinforce each other. That cooperation leads to a beautiful and consistent result every time," says Peter Warmerdam, project manager INTOS.
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