Shato Hanten is a Chinese restaurant design by Kengo Kuma and Associates completed in 2010. It is located at Honmachi Garden City in Honmachi Chuou-ku Osaka.
The concept developed by Kengo Kuma and Associates otherwise known as KKAA was inspired by the dish showed by the client – a turquoise blue. I personally like the wood hanging from the ceiling as they add a dramatic touch to the entire hospitality design. It looks reminiscent of a music instrument – only this time music isn’t what is played but art and tasteful interior decoration.
Shato Hanten opened its doors to customers over two decades ago and it has displayed prosperity in the town where textile is the main trade. The clients approached KKAA with a vision of shedding some light to their dishes that they have kept serving their customers over the past years and this is what they wanted to use to incorporate their history.
The foliage patterned dishes placed over the tables inside the restaurant will make you feel like you’re in a picnic in the middle of the forest, which is actually what made the beautiful restaurant stand out. For KKAA, the almost 3,500 wood were hanged to make it look like branches so it heightens the feeling of being in the wood.
The amazing restaurant has superb lighting that subtly places spotlight on the tables. The wood hanging from the ceiling created a striking impact on the restaurant interiors. It also formed partitions within the restaurant and their shapes are varied according to their line on the sections and follow the shape of the surface.
KKAA’s trademark is in creating small elements and building it to create bigger elements hence completing the design. I find this an interesting work and predilection.
Posted by JackieAzuela at 11 July, 2012