From the centre of Tree restaurant by Australian architects Koichi Takada, near Sydney, a louvred timber canopy fans up. Diners are served sushi from a conveyer belt that circles the central tree-like form.
Koichi Takada Architects
Our practice explores how contemporary interior design can best embody the qualities and virtues present in nature.
We propose a dining concept that recreates HANAMI, the traditional Japanese festival of the Cherry Blossom in bloom. Dining under the cherry blossom trees is a social gathering that celebrates the arrival of spring. This concept not only represents the serving of Japanese cuisines, but also hopes to capture a symbolic place for the locals to gather and dine under ‘one big tree’ and for the owner to nurture the business as if growing a tree.
We wish to emulate the comfort and tranquility the canopy of tree can create. Timber profiles create the branches of the tree, transforming the Sushi Train restaurant into a place of nature. Dappled light filters between the timber branches. The flairs of light change as you move through the restaurant, mimicking the irregularity of natural sunlight, while highlighting the path of the Sushi Train.