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UK 2007Sakenohana

Commercial | Retail/Cafe/Restaurant
Renovation | Completed

Sake no Hana (Sake Flower) is a Japanese restaurant on Saint Jame’s Street in the center of London. The low-rise wing of the Economist Building, the masterpiece of British modernist architecture designed by Peter Smithson, was transformed into a restaurant.

The Economist Building is known for its Gothic appearance with bar-shaped polished stones. We got a hint for the design from the façade that weaves long thin linear elements, and used thin pieces made from Japanese cypress and bamboo to create an interior that looks like a forest.

The field of view and light coming through the openings is controlled with rotary bamboo blinds.

Team Ryukichi Tatsuki* Publication GA JAPAN 147 , JA : The Japan Architect 2009/Winter 72, YEARBOOK 2008 , Shinkenchiku 2008/12 , GA JAPAN 92 , Shinkenchiku 2008/05 , Casa BRUTUS 2007/04 No.85