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.
Zen Sushi Restaurant in Rome, Italy by Carlo Berarducci Architecture
May 28th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Carlo Berarducci Architecture
The project for a Japanese restaurant in Rome is inspired by the walkways in the forest bordered by the succession of black and glossy orange-red wooden portals, which lead to the temples of Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, of which reproduces colors and suggestions. “One of the most beautiful things in the world that I could not bring to mind the time when an opportunity was given to remake the interiors of my favorite Japanese restaurant in Rome”.
Zen Sushi was the first Japanese restaurant to bring in Italy the Kaiten, the particular conveyor belt to serve freshly prepared sushi on colored saucers indicating prices. On the tenth anniversary of the restaurant in Rome the property wanted to give a new look. The design challenge was to create a space with a truly Japanese essence in a contemporary way, “ I immediately thought of a space with the colors of Kyoto and I presented the owners just a sketch of the project and a photo of Fushimi Inari Temple”.
The project is conceived as a process, a sequence of steps and direction changes, which gradually reveal the environments without closing the perspectives, inviting to explore the interior spaces. Dividers and walls formed by the close succession of hundreds of vertical elements of black wood lacquered from one meter up of glossy red-orange drive and mark the going throw, while red orange reflecting suspended ceilings identify the different areas of the hall, the sushi bar and the table rooms.
Two rich black polished marble walls are the backdrop to the entrance area and the room with the tables, where the marble wall continues along the staircase leading to the bathrooms downstairs, reflected on the opposite mirror walls that multiply the perspect of the space. The same marble with a brushed finish as worn by time are used for the reception desks and sushibar as massive quarry blocks resting on the floor, while a rice paper backlit wall underlines the central focus of the restaurant, the Kaiten and the open workstation of the sushi master.
Porcelain tile floors and matte black painted ceilings together with black painted exposed air systems make the space container completely dark and neutral leaving out only the red orange backlit ceilings and the red orange walls hitten by a punctual lighting that makes them look like fiery, revealing multiple scenes in an environment where you can not perceive the involucre.
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