The project of Tenkai restaurant was conceived in consideration of the symbiosis of a contemporary architecture with Japanese culture elements.
Exposed concrete, corten steel and wood form the project vocabulary of materials, stressing the choice of plans and architectural volumes at the expense of decorativism. The main access of the restaurant, located at the low flow of the main street traffic shows, right from the entrance, the concern with the environmental adjustment within the project, which makes the property a participant of a conjunction of actions that spans from the temperature control to the acoustic treatment.
If, from the outside, the impression is of an internal wide space, by means of masonry curtains, in between of wooden surfaces, where the presence of windowed spaces just give you a peek of the internal space, on the internal part we have the visual embodiment of the urban environment, bringing the image of a bubbly metropolis, making a reference to the modern world.
Located on the ground floor, the sushi bar, covered by corten steel and cathedral ebony, has a few Kabuki-printed red streamers. With an apparent concrete wall as a backdrop, with clippings in corten steel, following the iconography of a million years old Japan, which illuminate the imaginative ambiance.
The metallic framed stairs, covered in repurposed wood, can barely be seen behind the apparent concrete wall, sharpening the curiosity of the visitor for what’s to come. Like an origami, its flooring and mirrors in red peroba, do not get in contact with the sides of the space, allowing a span of the side walls, mainly of the one dividing the main room which, without connecting to the slab of the upper level, constitutes the bridge rail for the floor.
Reinforcing the perspective of representativeness and meaningfulness implemented on the project, on the vertical plan of the flooring connection, a text configuration arises, where the wording is traded for hundreds of figurative images. A traditional and contemporary Japan, speaking through its characters.
Project – Ivan Rezende Arquitetura
Lighting – La Lampe
Visual Programming – Estudio Silvia Girão
Photos – MCA Estúdio