The Grand Blue Express Restaurant by Tetsuya Matsumoto

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
The Grand Blue Express

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Restaurant

INSPIRATION:
The space was inspired by luxury trains rides which offers various services. The trains are composed of several wagons with special functions and special layouts. The restaurant combines two types of wagons, the cabin and the dinner and merge them to create a dining cabin, and since the restaurant theme is aquarium dining, the train windows are replaced by aquariums to create a simulation of a train cruising under the water.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The renovation work for the aquarium dining restaurant took place on the narrow 5th floor of a mixed used building in Ueno, Tokyo. The restaurant is inspired by luxury cruise trains and imitates them to produce a small yet luxurious atmosphere for the dining room. The seats are made into train cabins where the windows are replaced by aquariums. The space turns on to offer an immersive experience with the impression of being inside a train cruising underwater.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Since the restaurant is located on the 5th floor of a building the access is done through the elevator that opens to a small welcoming hall. At the corner a circular shaped sofa. Then the corridor along the space serving the cabins on both sides. on the left, four two-seaters cabins and on the right four other four-seaters cabins. At the end of the corridor the VIP cabin. The kitchen is accessed on both extremities of the corridor on the right side.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Project start: July 2021. Construction start: December 2021. Project/Construction End: February 2022. Location: Ueno, Tokyo, Japan.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The walls are made using dry wall techniques. The floor is covered in ceramic tiles. While the ceiling is finished in vinyl cloth mainly, except for the central corridor ceiling which is covered in special stainless panels that imitates water waves. The aquariums are surrounded by steel frames with a golden baked painting finish. On the top of the frame another round steel panels that allows access to the aquariums for maintenance purposes.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Gross Built Area: 95sqm W15325mm x D8300mm x H2390mm

TAGS:
Japan, dining, aquarium, restaurant, Tokyo, blue, train, immersive, hospitality, commercial

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The experiment of this project was to find a way to imitate a luxury train experience on a concrete building inside the urban jungle of Tokyo. How can a built interior space offer the same experience than a moving dynamic wagon and how can interior materials be used to simulate an automotive space? The combination of material use, dimensional canons, and geometrical shapes were the core of this design exercise.

CHALLENGE:
The client abstract when starting this project is to produce a luxury aquarium dining experience, however the total floor area to be used, including the kitchen is no larger than 95sqm and the height under the beams is limited to 2.3m. How can such a narrow place offer a luxury experience was the main challenge leading to the concept of luxury cruise trains. the second challenge was to integrate the aquariums in this composition without altering the concept.

ADDED DATE:
2022-02-21 09:29:48

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Tetsuya Matsumoto, Motoaki Takeuchi and Risa Iriyama

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Nautilus, 2022.
Image #2: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Nautilus, 2022.
Image #3: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Nautilus, 2022.
Image #4: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Nautilus, 2022.
Image #5: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Nautilus, 2022.


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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Nautilus Ueno

PROFILE:
Nautilus is an aquarium dining restaurant based in Ueno Tokyo. It offers a luxury dining atmosphere and an equally high end gastronomical menu. The restaurants location in some of the busiest neighbors of Tokyo takes advantage of the narrow space it takes part in to offer a unique experience.

NOMINATION DETAILS

The Grand Blue Express Restaurant by Tetsuya Matsumoto is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

The Grand Blue Express Restaurant by Tetsuya Matsumoto is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2021 - 2022.



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