Koichi Takada Architects designed a restaurant located near Sydney Australia which is patterned after HANAMI, the traditional Japanese festival of the Cherry Blossom in bloom. For the Japanese, dining under cherry blossom trees is a social gathering that welcomes the spring season. The owner wanted to create a place where locals can dine and get together under a tree- like concept. Big canopy trees evoke a feeling of relaxation and comfort. They wanted customers to be relaxed and enjoy conversation.
Timber profiles were used to create a tree-like pattern on the ceiling which drapes over a wide sushi conveyor belt. Lighting is well hidden inside the profiles and changes depending where you are situated in the room. This mimics natural sunlight peeking through tree leaves. Each timber profile was crafted by means of the CNC technology which minimizes wastage and cuts each board with accuracy. Surrounding walls are made of plaster finished in off white. Its’ pattern resembles leaves. When visualized each timber profile extends to the perimeter walls and meets the plastered wall.
Takada’s vision for design is a result of his studies in the School of Architecture at the City University of New York and the Architectural Association, London. While practicing in Tokyo, he had opportunity to join a competition in Sydney and has resided there from then on. The tree restaurant is one of his best projects, and he certainly continues to do more.
Article by Marilen Faustino-Montenegro