Mikuni Izu Kogen © Kawasumi・Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office

Japan 2019Mikuni Izu Kogen


Situated high atop a cliff on the Izu Peninsula, this restaurant overlooks Sagami Bay.
Throughout history, various methods of construction have been developed to mediate between architecture and the extremely complex topography of Japan. One of these methods, kakezukuri, uses supports to float the building out over a steep slope, as famously represented in Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto.
For this project, we produced a transparent kakezukuri using a hybrid wood-steel frame; supporting the roof with cypress planks spanning up to 11.4 meters. As a result, we were able to realize a cypress cloud materializing from the densely vegetated cliff.
In perfect harmony with the aroma of cypress emanating from the architecture, the chef, Mr. Kiyomi Mikuni, makes the best use of the natural ingredients of Izu in his cuisine.

Team Minoru Yokoo, Akio Saruta, Jenny Kwok*, Ryuta Nomura, Kimio Suzuki Construction Kiriyama Cooperation Konishi Structural Engineers Facility P.T.Morimura & Associates Award Prix Versailles 2020 (Continental Level) – Reataurants Photography ©︎ Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office