The client took a lease on a vacant six storey Grade II listed Georgian townhouse in Covent Garden, turning it into a Japanese Yakatori restaurant. Each floor is minute so the programme had to be stacked; one function on each floor. A dining room is located on the ground floor front. There is a small bar is at the rear. Toilets are in the basement. Two further dining spaces are placed on the first floor, which also has rooms front and back. The plan reduces to just one room on all levels above. The kitchen is on the second floor. The pot wash is on the third floor. The staff office is squeezed into the roof. An existing stair winds its way up through the building and a new service lift connects kitchen and dining floors.
▼客户将一个六层高的瘦长联排房屋改造成了一个名为Jidori的日本餐厅，the client transforms a six-storey high townhouse into a Japanese restaurant called Jidori
The biggest technical challenge was to run new services throughout the building, including kitchen supply and extract ducts. No floor sits exactly over the one below. The base building had no vertical risers. There were few places on the rear façade one could duct onto. A number of defects with the existing listed structure were discovered when the floors were opened up during construction. These challenges placed pressure on a modest budget.
▼别致的地砖标记着餐厅的入口，the special floor tile marks the entry of the restaurant
▼地砖细节，detail of the floor tile
There is something inherently odd about designing a Japanese restaurant in a Georgian townhouse. The design seeks to walk a line between conveying the restaurant’s theme while making simple well-proportioned rooms that hint at the interior’s Georgian origins. The idea was to focus on a limited number of specific functional issues and contrast these new, more refined elements with ‘as found’, often crude parts of the existing interior.
▼首层的用餐空间，the dinning area on the ground floor
Stair railings for instance were not original and rickety. Their physical connection to the stair was poor. They needed replacing. Re-imagining them became a way of focusing the budget on necessary work. New timber slats have been fixed between stair and the ceiling above or where this was not possible, to a new timber beam or post so as to provide a robust barrier.
▼楼梯细节，新制的扶手和原有老旧的楼梯形成对比；detail of the stairs, where the new railings makes a strong contrast with the old stairs
In the dining rooms, battens and new skirting boards line the existing walls. A datum has been painted through, its height drawn from a fixed point in street or a building opposite. Timber slats and the bar are constructed from maple, given a wax seal. New flooring is in solid English oak. Existing stairs and landings were stripped back to pine.
▼通往二层的蜿蜒的楼梯，the existing stair winds its way up to the first floor
▼二层的用餐空间，the dinning area on the first floor
▼二层的包间，private dinning space on the first floor
▼三层的厨房，the kitchen on the second floor
▼顶层的办公空间，office on the top floor
▼地下室的厕所，restrooms in the basement
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