Following up on the successful transformation of a concrete block futon store into a comfortably scaled, forty seat Asian restaurant and sushi bar, the design team was asked to expand the space to include a much needed waiting area, two Hibachi grills, a dedicated liquor bar, additional space that could be reserved for private parties, and outdoor dining space. The expanded restaurant allows patrons to choose from a wide variety of dining experiences.
The most significant challenge for the design team was to maintain the intimate feel of the original restaurant while nearly tripling its size. This was accomplished by clearly defining the distinct functional areas while carefully composing views from one space to another. Most notably a framed bamboo thicket separates the activity of the hibachi from the dining room. For private parties, this opening can be further screened with an automated scrim.
The design team was fully responsible for the selection of furnishings, finishes, lighting, accessories and artwork. Sustainable measures include insulated translucent panels that illuminate the space with soft, natural light, floor tiles with recycled content, recyclable carpet tiles, sound absorbing ceiling planks made from fast growth wood fibers, and bamboo paneling.