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Tsutsumi And Associates Designs Ryoutei Matsuko


3 stories old house on the Xihu lakeside was renovated to 2 types of Japanese Restaurant.

We planned a traditional Japanese restaurant on the second and third floors which has a calm atmosphere. The entrance of the restaurant is planned on the second floor where it has a low ceiling height, so it is very important to design the walls as eye-catching ones. For the entrance wall, we disassembled the traditional ASANOHA pattern to two different geometric layers, one layer has a diamond pattern and the other has the equilateral triangle pattern. In front of the wall, we can recognize it as ASANOHA, but it gradually shifts toward the periphery. On the shoebox panels, they were carved by Japanese traditional technique called as NAGURI, and it had the beautiful shaded expression.


On half of the second floor, there planned private rooms in which both sides of the partition were put by washi paper called TAIKO-BARI. On the other half of the second-floor, there planned dining hall in which the double ASANOHA pattern on the back wall of the tables. At the openings, to keep the daylight and block the realistic scenery of the outside, also feel the greens on the balconies, we used the bottom opened washi partition called YUKIMI-SHOJI. On the third floor, there planned VIP rooms of a calm atmosphere. For using enough height of attic, we expanded the set of staggered shelves called CHIGAI-DANA up to the ceiling and put the indirect lighting on them. This technique is a reference to KASUMI-DANA at SHUGAKUIN imperial villa in Kyoto.








Photography with courtesy of Tsutsumi and Associates


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