Studio Didea recently completed the conversion of a former laundromat into a sushi bar. Located in a historical building near Teatro Massimo (Palermo), Finch Sushi stands out for its Hype vibe mixing an urban style with a minimalist design.
view through the entrance © Serena Eller
The floorplan wasn’t especially fit to be transformed into a restaurant. The architects decided to organize the space in 3 different volumes, each measuring just a few square meters: a restaurant room/refreshment bar, the kitchen with its restrooms, and the toilets destined to the customers. The big windows facing the street grant abundance of natural light into the interiors.
big windows facing the street grant abundance of natural light © Serena Eller
dining table by the kitchen © Serena Eller
window of the kitchen © Serena Eller
dining area © Serena Eller
details of the dining area © Serena Eller
To underline the contemporary character of the intervention, the architects played with the juxtaposition of red neon lights with the dark colours featured on wall paint, plaster coverings, the black metal grids on the ceiling, and storage furniture. The flooring is made of light-coloured concrete contrasting the intense black of the walls of the new volumes – kitchen, restrooms and countertops.
passage between different areas © Serena Eller
contrast between red and black © Serena Eller
For the countertops and the covering of the arches facing the street, the architects used natural black iron. Even the tiles used in the kitchen, in the refreshment bar, in the toilets, and on the walls by the seating area are black. While red tile grout reinforces the character of the project, echoing the colour of the neon lights installed on the walls and the ceiling.
black tiles used in the toilets © Serena Eller
Neons are the real protagonists of the project, conferring the space a unitary vibe – reflected also in the logo. It is exactly the lighting system that makes the project stand out and associate it with the aesthetics typical of a great metropolis.
details © Serena Eller
For the furniture, the architects opted for chairs and stools made of red tubular, whose appearance feels more outdoor than indoor; a choice reflecting the concept that the restaurant is a filter space between the kitchen and the city, whose few square meters are imbued of a strong hype character.
night view of the dining area © Serena Eller
restaurant as a filter space between the kitchen and the city © Serena Eller
Project: Finch Sushi Restaurant
Client: Finch s.r.l.s.
Type of Project: Refurbishment, Interior Design
Area: 45 m2
Building Contractor: Di Pace Gaetano Costruzioni SRL
Materials: Concrete / Iron / Gres / Plaster for exterior
Flooring: SIRGUM concrete
Coverings: Iron / Marazzi Hello Tiles black 7.5 x 15 cm / SIRGUM plaster for exterior
Ironwork: Aiello Arredo
Woodwork: Passarello Vito
Wall plaster and concrete: Sirgum
Ventilation and suction systems: D’Arpa impianti di aspirazione
Furniture’s supplier: L/C 14
Furniture pieces: Chairs MIDJ Trampoliere – Stool MIDJ Trampoliere – Table Bistrot MIDJ Trampoliere H107
Kitchen’s Project: Spina FrigoMarket
Lighting: Wever & Ducrè – LiD Design / Red Neons – La Commare Palermo
Plants: Vivai Lo Verso Federico
Photo credits: Serena Eller©