Moritomi Japanese Cuisine Japanese Restaurant by Tetsuya Matsumoto

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Moritomi Japanese Cuisine

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Japanese Restaurant

INSPIRATION:
The design for Moritomi Japanese Cuisine new relocation was inspired mainly by its new Neighbor, the 16th century world heritage Himeji Castle. The stone fortifications of the castle were part of the old restaurant, however in a traditional way. The new space needed to step forward and pay tribute to this military masterpiece by imitating their patterns using different contemporary materials and methods. The moat at the fortifications feet also inspired the entrance floor finish.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Architecture as a practice is deeply related to materiality. But what if we substitute a material by another, in an attempt of keeping its spirit, or temperament? Offering Japanese cuisine Since 1945, Moritomi is relocating close to the world heritage Himeji Castle. The design for its new space is inspired by the castle stone fortification base and reproduces similar patterns using three different materials: Rough and polished stone, Black oxide coated steel, and Japanese tatami mats.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The outside of the restaurant is clad in rough and polished stones resembling the Castle fortification and gravel floor reminding the mat water flow crosses the lattice entrance door inviting customers to do similarly. The first floor hosts some tables seating, three small rooms of 4 to 6 people, and a counter seating together with the kitchen. The second level includes a VIP room of 12 seats that can be divided into two rooms. and a larger banquet room that can be divided into four spaces.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Project start: October 2018. Construction start: June 2019. Project/Construction End: September 2019. Location: Designed and constructed in Himeji City, Japan.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The restaurant occupies parts of the first and second level of an already existing mixed-use building constructed using a concrete structure. The interior finishes come in different materials: Stone, Black Oxide Coated Steel, Platina sheets, Tatami Mats, wallpaper, vinyl floor tiles, dark mirrors, and an organic plaster-based material called Joly-pat and resembling traditional Japanese earth walls. This later includes tiny glass beads that sparkles while exposed to light.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Gross Built Area: 330sqm W23800mm x D11805mm x H6954mm

TAGS:
Japan, restaurant, material, interpretation, traditional, stone, steel, pattern, tatami, interior

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Stone is more than just a material, and stonework is more than just a craft. Architecture as a practice is deeply related to materiality and the spirit of its spaces is thoroughly defined by the materials in use. But what if we substitute a material by another, in an attempt of keeping its spirit, or temperament? The approach of space at Moritomi new location is a redefinition of the Japanese materiality and design lines inspired by the stonework at Himeji Castle base fortifications.

CHALLENGE:
The biggest challenge was to find a common spirit of space using different and incoherent materials, but also applying materials outside of their traditional use to create a new atmosphere. Controlling these differences while guaranteeing the balance and keeping the identity of the space was one of the specificities of this space design. Furthermore, keeping the balance between the traditional spirit of the restaurant and the contemporary context added yet another complexity to the project.

ADDED DATE:
2020-02-17 10:47:20

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Moritomi, 2019.
Image #2: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Moritomi, 2019.
Image #3: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Moritomi, 2019.
Image #4: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Moritomi, 2019.
Image #5: photographer ©Stirling Elmendorf, Moritomi, 2019.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Moritomi

PROFILE:
Offering Japanese cuisine Since 1945, Moritomi is a local restaurant in Himeji city, Japan. It is specialized in classic Japanese food with a focus on local specialty. This restaurant can host individuals but also offer spaces for larger groups to celebrate any kind of events or business meetings.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Moritomi Japanese Cuisine Japanese Restaurant by Tetsuya Matsumoto is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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Moritomi Japanese Cuisine Japanese Restaurant by Tetsuya Matsumoto is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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