This time, odd designed a sushi kaiseki restaurant in Beijing which is located on the first floor of a business building where massive foreign media and advertising agencies are gathered. It shares the entrance of a quiet garden with Bulgari Hotel that opposites to the building. When night comes, very few dazzling lights echo the solemn ambience of the hotel, making the entrance of the sushi restaurant as warm as a Japanese tea room.
Through the solid wood louver to create ” the second door” and lower the height of the building’s original doors, which is more in accordance with the portal size of Japanese architecture. The first thing that comes into view is the frontal chop axe face stone, which, as a dark background, highlights the presence of two private rooms with ceiling and paper louver doors.
▼入口，通过实木格栅造出“二道门”，压低了大厦原有大门的高度感，the entrance, through the solid wood louver to create ” the second door” and lower the height of the building’s original doors ©Ruijing photo
Standing in the quiet corridor, people’s eyes will be attracted naturally by the sloping huge grille. The vertical lines with delicate scale of wooden louvers bring a sense of upward extension. By boldly using the fineness of the lattice, it became a dynamic space.
▼走廊，倾斜而上的巨大格栅把人的视线往上引，the corridor, the sloping huge grille attracts people’s eyes ©Ruijing photo
▼走廊，竖向的线条给空间带来了向上的延伸感，the corridor, the vertical lines with delicate scale of wooden louvers bring a sense of upward extension ©Ruijing photo
The bar counter is a huge “washi lantern” in the dark space, and the soft materials and bright colors brought by the warm light make the overall space less depressing. The background of bar counter is simple but elegant shallow golden wallpaper, green and white washi “sash window” make the overall background not monotonous. The hanging bamboo curtain replaces the “small wall” in the traditional Sukiya, adding layering to the background. The suspended ceiling of the bar is projected onto the seats, giving the guests a sense of security as if they were wrapped up in volume and height. The upper suspended ceiling is a void space brought out by external louvers and exists as a large volume roof.
▼吧台，采用柔和的材料和暖光，the bar counter with the soft materials and bright colors ©Ruijing photo
The highest part of the overall space has a very strong sense of upward extension. The reasons for designing the beveled grille are to avoid depression because of the narrow corridor and skillfully echo the landscape outside the window. The interior space of the four-person private room follows the construction style of the traditional “Sukiya”, and the small landscape on the wall adds a sense of interest to the space. The eight-person private room is a different from the traditional spatial modeling. The ceiling and the background wall are curved. Small walls are replaced by the transparent washi acrylic, and are integrated with modern materials. The whole space atmosphere foils clean simple but elegant from this.
▼八人包间，吊顶和背景墙都采用了弧面的造型，the eight-person private room, the ceiling and the background wall are curved ©Ruijing photo
Follows the traditional construction style, and makes a new interpretation through the modern way. The wooden grille door reflected in the mirror is another picture in the mirror, which can bring unexpected surprises to guests when they look into the mirror.
the restroom of the eight-person private room, the wooden grille door is reflected in the mirror ©Ruijing photo
The large floor-to-ceiling mirrors and irregular solid wood panels, together with the stone, create a unified atmosphere with the external corridor. Looking from the appearance, the whole and the landscape of the entrance form a harmonious unity.
the public restroom with large floor-to-ceiling mirrors and irregular solid wood panels ©Ruijing photo
▼平面布置图，layout plan ©odd
建筑事务所:odd (okamoto deguchi design)设计事务所
项目建筑师: 冈本 庆三 \出口 勉\ 伍卓赵艺\张艺萌
project title: Zen Japanese Restaurant
Architecture Firm: okamoto deguchi design
Architect: Okamoto Keizo\Deguchi Tsutomu\ Wu Zhuozhaoyi\Zhang Yimeng
Project Location: Floor 1, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Completion Year: 2019
Gross Built Area: 126m2
Main Material: Texture Painting, Teak, Wood Finish, Japanese Paperfilm