Tollgate addresses the client’s concept of serving signature dishes inspired from local Dhaba(Indian highway eatery) food to Global bite-size cuisine.
It has majority of outdoor space with multiple types of seating and scenarios relating to street-theme. The entire flooring has a patterned road while a network of freeways above you lead you into the space. The artwork at the entry depicts the city’s heritage building, Charminar, from which a tourist bus drives into the space symbolizing journey and origin of the restaurant from this city, leading to an interesting yet ambiguous abstracted city shown in another artwork at another end of the space. Five food counters with different cuisine are scattered in this space creating visual connection. This is inspired from Indian street vendors cooking on carts on the street.
Another artwork shows a taxi appearing to descend from one of the freeway tracks as a man calls for it. This sets the mood and adds light humor and imagination of transporting the viewer onto the tracks above. The space on level two is hugged by the network of these six freeways that are clearly visible as two continuous stripes of lighting define each freeway and its position respectively.

With a capacity of 200 seating in total, Tollgate addresses the client’s concept of serving signature dishes inspired from local Dhaba(Indian highway eatery) food to Global bite-size cuisine.
The spatial concept for this restaurant has been inspired from the chaotic behavioral patterns of traffic and transportation in its local setting, Hyderabad, India.
Literally, taking inspiration from the orderly roads and its chaotic traffic while celebrating the beauty in the Chaos, conceptualizing an ambience that reflects the experience of Order and Chaos juxtaposed.
With the ever-changing sky as a canvas, a network of freeways swooping curvaceously above you, supported by a herd of two dozen vertical columns, and street-style seating, Tollgate has a quirky and vivacious vibe to it.
Material: The material Metal (solid sheet, perforated sheet and hollow box-section) has been used majorly in this project. The façade, also, is made up of the left-over scrap from the metal sheet after cutting and bending it into the freeway sections. The food counters are made up of solid metal sheets as well, that are then painted over with quirky yellow and bold blue color, adding an ‘oomph factor’ to the grey in the background all over.