Mana was once a huge manmade box of glass, steel and concrete. Located in the middle of Ancoats, an area of Manchester that historically became a cradle of the Industrial Revolution and as such, is still quite industrial.
This needed to be transformed into a space where people could feel in touch with the elemental forces of nature, the very ethos that embodies Mana.
Simon Martin and his team wanted to create an informal dining experience, serving a multiple course menu to showcase the best of our islands produce at any time of the year.
It was therefore imperative that the design was minimalistic and earthy in order to reflect the purpose of the experience and place importance on the dishes which are the feature of the restaurant.
Designed by JRD in conjunction with ZSpace UK; Rische Group were set the task of fitting out this incredible space.
The double height ceiling was an obvious part of the buildings structure. In order to keep in line with the design concept, Rische lowered this, creating a curved bulkhead which instantly made the space feel more homely.
After 8 weeks of hard work by all parties involved, Rische Group were able to deliver this outstanding dining experience, unique to Manchester.
In November 2019, Rische Group were awarded the 'Bar and Restaurant Design' and the 'Commercial interior project' award 2019 at the Northern Design Awards 2019 for our works at Mana.
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