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.
YOC Japanese restaurant renovation in Kyoto, Japan by GENETO
June 19th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: GENETO
The site is located in between Kyoto and Nara, and this area was prospered as post station before.
This Japanese-style restaurant was established in 1624 and used as hotel for traveller. Now it has been continued as a japanese-style restaurant.
Several renovation had been continued partially in each era.
Then the harmony of the building was totally lost.
This restaurant is composed three buildings, Guest room(built in 1933), Kitchen(built in 1948) and Storage(built in 1948).
In this project, we required expansion of the Guest room, renew the exterior wall of Kitchen and making new car parking after dismantlement of Storage.
Existing guest room is possible to contain more than 40 customers but we were required to plan for small group like 6-10 customers.
This restaurant serves Japanese meal based on Kaiseki meal.
In this project, we focused on a japanese food style, “Kaiseki meal” and tried to make a building like partial differences create a whole.
1.Application of Kaiseki meal
Kaiseki meal serves food according to season.
There are many characteristic meal in one plate, but at the same time the whole balance is considered very much.
In this project, we brought the feature of Kaiseki meal to the space composition.
Some characteristic parts islayouted in a balanced fashion in whole building.
When we researched the existed restaurant, each room was bringing season element by facing to the garden and each room was decorated in different way.
The Japanese-style restaurant atmosphere(=Japanese architecture atmosphere) in mind, we tried to make each spaces have different atmosphere in one building by crossing various element.
2.Mark the each era
Each room and the exterior is made in mix with traditional method and modern method and materials.
Yamato-hari(traditional construction method) by Japanese cedaris used for A’s exterior wall. It’s for fixing A’s exterior wall.
The SUS sign board cut by laser is installed to the exterior wall. The SUS gate is cut by laser and the roof of the gate is sheet copper roofing.
・The guest room in the ground floor
It’s composed with waiting room, guest room, small garden and toilet.
The whole atmosphere is traditional style but modern style is used for the finish.
The waiting room is circumscribed by the glass walls covered with the dots pattern film.
When you walk inside, the dots pattern will be appeared.
The ceiling is ship bottom shape which is Japanese architecture atmosphere, and the wall and the ceiling of south-north is attached thin plywood with Japanese paper for going through the light.
East-west wall is attached Japanese paper made by hand. In the guest room, the season’s change will be brought from the small garden. The toilet is painted black plasterer to have a contrast from the guest room.
・The guest room in the first floor
The crossing rib by plywood creates the space outline. Hand made japanese paper of different material is used in this space as well.
This space is studied by 3DCG and it became totally different space ever.
Also, there is no openings and it’s shut down from other space and it’s possible to focus on the conversation in small group.
In this renovation, it brings a new face to the surrounding as a restaurant.
By space composition, selecting materials, past-modern and crossing different materials, the partial renovation gave the balance for whole building.
We hope the restaurant will keep a relation with the area.