Jan Jan Kushikatsu
Completion: July 2017
After savouring the delicious skewers in the first Kushikatsu restaurant in town, HIR was invited to refurbish its entrance lobby from a left-over space to a Zen passage. The Japanese restaurant is tucked away on the second floor of a busy road in Wanchai, taking up about 1000 sq feet, and is perfect for intimate gatherings with a drink or two.
"Authentic, secluded, creative"
The entrance passage extends the vibe from within the exisiting interiors, with its warm materials and colours. Inspired by the forecourt of houses in traditional Japanese architecture, HIR instills the space with serenity and a breeze of nature.
The entry was signified by marking it in bamboo frames, next to a black engraved restaurant sign board, creating a sense of subtlety and class. One will be welcomed by the cute mascot, and stroll past the main wall lined with rustic bamboos.
The bamboo wall and sprouting leaves offer a natural garden-like backdrop for the waiting seats, where the patrons could linger and quietly wait to enter the dining area. Dim lights mysteriously diffuse from top and bottom.
To create an immersive and textural hallway the ceiling is lined with cotton ropes, tightened and straightened to conceal the blackened existing ceiling. Spotlights shine down from between, as the stripes of ropes correspond well to the stripes of bamboo lined on the main wall.
The mascot of the restaurant is composed by two Japanese fish-balls stacked together, originally colourful and fluffy. We tuned it into monochromatic stone textures and it sits perfectly amid the green plants and bamboos, resembling the solemn statues found in traditional Shino shrines. The backdrop of the mascot is plastered in traditional Japanese patterns, hand crafted by authentic paint rollers.
Other walls are plastered with sponges to create textures, and lit by low-level wall lights which quietly reveal the finishes. The light fixtures are ornated with authentic Shoji paper patterns, while a smaller area is lit up by bamboo lights hung on the wall.
All these details infuse the space with Japanese artistry.
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