A year ago Mireia contacted Masquespacio. Valencian, almost converted in Brazilian and passionate surfer she had the dream to open the first tropical sushi restaurant in her native city. This way Kaikaya was born, a project clearly inspired by Mireia’s lifestyle and that mixes elements from Japan and Brazilian tropicalismo.In the beginning of the twentieth century the first Japanese arrived to Brazil with the aim to work in the coffee plantations, although, the Japanese nutrition was totally different to the Brazilian for which they were obliged to adapt to the local ingredients. Seeking their own flavors, a new nikkei Nipo-Brazilian gastronomy flourished with a strong identity that after more than one century with its unique flavors and fusions reached international fame. Kaikaya, is the result of this history, bringing the fusion of traditional and methodic Japan with the tropical and exotic, contemporary Brazil to the center of Valencia. A representation showed both through its kitchen as well as through its design as described afterwards.
▼日本和巴西热带风情融入到餐厅设计中，japanese and Brazilian tropical styles are integrated into the restaurant design
Starting from an emblematic venue with vaults, metallic beams and original bricks the first conclusion for the aesthetics was to maintain the existing elements in its actual state, highlighting the beauty of its imperfections left by time.Above, the design needed to contain a strong splash of color, together with an eclectic style that could mix the 2 concepts of Japan + Brazil without being conventional. Thereby, in first case we can recognize the use of materials that remind to Japan like wood and raffia, together with elements that bring in the tropicalismo from the samba country with its colorful patterns made of mosaic tiles, parrots and an overwhelming incorporation of plants.
▼由具有日本特点的材料与彩色的马赛克瓷砖相结合打造楼梯空间，stair space is created by combining Japanese-inspired materials with colored mosaic tiles
▼原有的拱顶、金属梁和原始砖被保留，并将他们作为场地的标志性元素，vaults, metallic beams and original bricks the first conclusion for the aesthetics was to maintain the existing elements in its actual state
Immediately when entering the restaurant, you can acknowledge the raffia circles that represent the hats used during the rice collection in the country of the rising sun and that are here merged in an explosive way with the colorful mosaic tiles and tropical plants. Once reaching the bar, again we encounter the mix between Japan and Brazil through the tradition Japanese wooden pattern on the bar itself and the colored patterns inspired by the Brazilian Seventies.
▼酒吧区域将传统的日本木质图案与巴西七十年代的彩色图案相结合，the mix between Japan and Brazil through the tradition Japanese wooden pattern on the bar itself and the colored patterns inspired by the Brazilian Seventies
▼酒椰圆圈饰物让人们意识到日本文化中收集水稻时使用的帽子，the raffia circle charms make people aware of the hats used in Japanese culture to collect rice
▼二楼楼梯口安置相对简洁的桌椅，simple chair and table area on the second floor stairs
Also, here we can find the parrot lamps with a palm leaf that as all the other decorative lamps were specifically designed for the project.On the upper floor on the other hand anew we find a combination of the original heritage from the space, fusioned with tropical and Japanese elements; A look that clearly can be recognized through the round seating corners which are half inspired by Brazil and half inspired by Japan.
▼独特的圆形就坐区，unique round seating corners
▼用棕榈叶构造出鹦鹉灯，the parrot lamps with a palm leaf
▼马赛克与日式元素结合细节，details of mosaic combined with Japanese elements
Client: Kaikaya (http://kaikayarestaurante.com/)
Plaza del Ayuntamiento 10 46002 Valencia (Spain)
Design: Masquespacio (http://www.masquespacio.com)
Photography: Luis Beltran (http://www.luisbeltran.eu)
Surface: 125 m2
Suppliers & materials:
Decorative Lighting: Designed by Masquespacio, local production
Technical Lighting: Onok Lighting
Fridges: Muñoz Bosch
Tables: Designed by Masquespacio, local produc-tion
High Stools: Designed by Masquespacio, local production