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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Mar y Tierra in Hyogo, Japan by DOYLE COLLECTION CO. LTD.

February 15th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal


Mar y Tierra is a restaurant that provides Spanish cuisine and wine. It stands at the end of the back alley with high level visibility.

Spanish buildings’ usage change with lapse of time. And you can see this from the appearance of the buildings’ exterior or as a total. There are many interesting building examples where the old and the new coexist well. This time, we were inspired by this present Spain, when designing Mar y Tierra.

Full view of the façade. Fantasy lighting façade make dramatic look and high visibility., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

  • Project: Mar y Tierra
  • Location: Hyogo, Japan
  • Photography: Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners
  • Open: 19th, October, 2013
  • Area: 101.0 sqm

There is another ready-made wall at the back of the steel wall. Painted into lime green color as it was before., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

This is a two story building. Firstly, to make an impressive façade, we filled in the missing gaps of the wall partially to design one large surface that will connect to the other walls. However, in order to emphasize the new ideas that we added to this existing building, we did not just line up the walls but also changed the materials and lighting productions. This is to incorporate the inspiration mentioned above and we have succeeded to maximize the potential of this building.

A look at the entrance. By showing the inside of the restaurant, it enables people to enter more easily. You will see the combination design of the brick wall and the steel wall., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

There is an open kitchen and group seats on the first floor, and main dining on the second floor. We created a custom-made open ceiling space to connect these two floors so that they won’t look uneven.

This indeed will enhance the relationship between these two floors, and also will become one of the main characters of this restaurant. It will exceed the demerit of the decreased number of seats on the second floor.

The steel-made logo mark hanging in front of the upper corner of the entrance and the street lamp warmly light the entrance., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

We used warm style materials for the total design’s image. Images of Spain’s “Taverna” which means tavern in Spanish and “Wine storage”. To capture the customers’ interests, we removed the “newness” and organized with the essence of contemporary atmosphere which will never fade.

First floor’s view from the table seats to the open kitchen. Looking at the chef’s movement will bring uplifting atmosphere to the restaurant. This kitchen is designed with image of wine cellar., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

Doyle Collection was established in 2011.(Head office Tokyo, Japan) Aiji Inoue is CEO of Doyle Collection. Engaged as Interior Architect for 11years at a Japanese famous design studio. Created many projects and received high evaluation in every project. Most significant features of his works are not just creating one scene but sequence. Just one year Doyle Collection has been expanding the market from Japan to Asia and USA.

A view of the open kitchen to the table seats. Jamón ibérico de Bellota’s refrigerated showcase is displayed symbolically. Behind the showcase fridge are stairs leading to the second floor., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

A view of the first floor table seats. These three-related-art on the wall are our original work. We received this inspiration when we visited Spain., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

Table seats have open ceiling space. The lighting planning and displays take advantage of the height to make impressive atmosphere. You can also see this open space from the second floor., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

A view of the table seats from the stair area., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

A view of the second floor. Though there is a moderate division, the room has a connected atmosphere., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

Climb up the stairs to the second floor. Through the display shelves, you can see open ceiling space in front., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

Bench seats are surrounded by walls designed with imitated wooden wine boxes. You automatically feel that this restaurant is a place where you can enjoy wine with your meal., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

There are special seats at the back of the second floor where customers can enjoy talking with the sommelier while eating. All the displays on the wall are antique posters and art bought in Spain., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

A look down from the second floor. Open ceiling space with strong connection between the first and second floors., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners

Day time view of the façade. You could understand the finish materials of the façade more deeply., Image Courtesy © Satoru Umetsu/ Nacasa&Partners


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