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OSTERIA BBR by Alain Ducasse

Raffles Singapour - Ducasse Paris - Singapour

An invitation to journey

BBR by Alain Ducasse at Raffles Singapore is another Jouin Manku’s  adventure with the renowned chef. Bringing the Mediterranean to Singapore, Jouin Manku designed a restaurant space that would complement Ducasse’s latest culinary concept, Bodega, fusing the cuisines of the Mediterranean in a tapas-style of preparing and enjoying food.
With a large open kitchen at its heart, oversailed by a striking blue sculpture that suggests a giant fish moving through the sea,BBR by Alain Ducasse offers a convivial and relaxed setting for guests to enjoy not only the cuisine itself, but also the art of its preparation. Within the historic and protected structure of Raffles’ Bar & Billiard Room, Jouin Manku has created a contemporary setting which is sympathetic to the colonial architecture but that will transport guests to the sea, the light, the tastes and the smells of the Mediterranean.

As with all of the studio’s projects furniture has been designed by Jouin Manku or Patrick Jouin iD. An elegant palette of white marble, terrazzo, copper, metallic blue, orange and red tones with accents of wood both alludes to the material culture of the Mediterranean and complements the colonial architecture, including the original cement tiles of the floor around the room’s perimeter and four historic columns which punctuate the space.


“This has been another beautiful adventure with Alain: to create a place of energy in the middle of Singapore has been fantastic. It is going to be a big social space, dynamic with the activity and pageantry of the kitchen at its heart but then too with the aerial presence of this sculpture that floats above, bringing in the sea and the sky.” 
Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku - Jouin Manku

Floating sculpture

Jouin and Manku wanted the interior concept to evoke the feeling of the Mediterranean sea and the culture of the region which it defines. They arrived at the idea of the great sculpture which floats above the open kitchen, suggesting perhaps a large blue fish, reflections animating its surface. By day it is translucent and calm, a diaphanous silvery blue, then at night it is lit from inside to become more energised, more scintillating. Visible from the street, it draws the attention of passers-by and for those who enter the restaurant it creates a spectacular effect.
The sculpture is a complex piece realised with local contractor Sunray and the Japanese company Asahi Building Wall who previously collaborated with Jouin Manku on the façade of the Van Cleef & Arpels flagship store in Tokyo. A feat of engineering, it cantilevers dramatically at either end of the restaurant, fixed only with slim lateral hooks to the supporting structure of the kitchen beneath, creating the illusion of an extremely light object, floating independently of any structure, at once aerial and aquatic. The sculpture is crafted from carbon fibre behind an aluminium surface, copper-coloured inside and blue outside.

Key figures

- Interiors526 m2
- Terrasses: 230 m

Seating Capacity:
- 150


Architectural concept, interior architecture & design    Jouin Manku
Patrick Jouin
Sanjit Manku
Jacques Goubin
Mio Shibuya
Bruno Pimpanini
Ken Tchikaya
Pascal Legrand
Valentine Finet
Timothé Duc
Vincent Cuzin
Axel Mak

ClientRaffles Singapore

Lead consultantAedas

Lighting designerTino Kwan Hong Kong
General contractor : Sunray Woodcraft construction
Project Manager : CBRE
Suspended element : Asahi building wall
Kitchen designer : Dishes



Ahead Award - Asia
SIA Architecture Awards (Singapore Institute of Architects) – Design award
Best of Year Award Winners (BOY Award) - Interior Design


Osteria BBR by Alain Ducasse - Raffles - Jouin Manku  © Raffles Singapour