The overall restaurant concept is based on the aesthetics and elements of the Zen gardens of Kyoto.
Just as a Japanese teahouse builds into its design a view of nature, the window-side dining spaces in the main dining room look out into an abstract garden in the mezzanine lobby. Guests must step up onto the dining space, modelled against the experience of stepping up onto tatami , which marks one’s entry into a different sphere.
Dining areas are divided by various Japanese screening devices into pavilions, with screening styles varying between the regularised and the more random. In one instance, wintery, dried fig trees sandwiched between two panes of glass serve as a subtle screen. In another space, the abaca twill, derived from the abaca plant indigenous to the Philippines, forms the structure of a Filipino reinterpretation of a Japanese screen. Surrounding the sushi bar is a Birchwood screen inspired by origami and in other spaces bamboo has been formed into various patterns to screen views.
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