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- Forest of Light and Lattice / Dream Dairy Farm Restaurant  -

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Forest of Light and Lattice / Dream Dairy Farm Restaurant

The following interior design was realized for a restaurant built on a farm surrounded by a lush forest.

Since the menu is characterized by the fact that dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt, made from fresh milk produced on-site at the dairy farm is used in each and all of their dishes, we were tasked with providing a space to attractively showcase said menu, as well as bringing out the charm of the existing wooden cabin, which has stood on the farm since the beginning, by evoking the imagery associated with the power of fresh ingredients and the natural setting of the forest surrounding the farm on which these quality products are made throughout the entire space.

The three-dimensional white lattice nesting above the beams of the existing wooden structure forms the canopy of a forest that brings together the old and the contemporary by suggesting the superimposition of time and space.

Since the ceiling is composed of a volume peering through a larger wooden frame, layers of glossy translucent resin boards were fitted on certain surfaces to produce a luminous body providing subdued lighting to the entire space. Furthermore, this layered structure will be perceived differently depending on the diners' relative position and line of sight at any given time. Moreover, the light reflected off and penetrating the resin boards all come together to produce intricate and constantly evolving expressions. As the light from one structure beckons and resonates with the light from the next, individual shards of light gather into sheaves of light that dart through the space, or into splashes of light that escape onto the dining area gushing like the flow of a river. Whether this transmutation of light occurs in a dynamic or subtle manner, the resulting expressions offer an ever-changing shower of light that can be fully experienced depending on where one is standing and looking to.

By applying a special paint echoing the texture of plain soil found on the farm to the walls of the restaurant and matching these with the natural warmth of timber, we aimed to create a warm and intimate atmosphere. While the rough grain motif of the counter can be interpreted as a thundering waterfall, the columns' wooden accents conferred by a special paint lend the space the energy of living trees.
Interestingly, the shape of pendant lighting hanging at regular intervals appear to depict drops of milk dripping from the canopy while imparting a light rhythm to the space.

By superimposing time and space and bridging the old and the new, the repeated entwinement of lattice and light offers a mystic illumination and the spatial experience of penetrating into a deep forest. Thus, we have created a space in which the restaurant's patrons can enjoy a meal made using fresh dairy products while being immersed in an atmosphere brimming with the vitality of a forest of vibrant light and lattice.

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- 光格子の森 -

豊かな大自然の森に包まれる牧場のレストラン。

提供される料理は、牧場で生産された新鮮な牛乳から作られるチーズやヨーグルトなどの乳製品が使用されていることが特徴となっている。空間全体で、新鮮な食材の力や良質な乳製品を育む牧場の自然環境をイメージさせ料理を魅力的に見せること、また、創業当時から存在する既存の木造小屋の空間の魅力を生かすこと、を求められた。

そこで、既存の古い木製の梁の上に、現代の森として白い格子を配置し、時間と空間の重ね合わせを試みた。

格子状の天井は、二種類の大きさの格子を立体的に組み、面には艶のある半透明な樹脂板を貼り、柔らかい光を満たす発光体とした。鑑賞者の位置や視線の角度に応じて、格子の立体的な重なりが変化し、樹脂板の反射光と透過光がすれ違ったり、ぶつかり合ったりしながら複雑に混ざり合う。
一つの格子の光が、別の格子の光を呼び共鳴し、一つ一つが光の束となり空間を突き進み、川の流れのようにほとばしる飛沫となって空間に解き放たれる。角度によってはダイナミックに、あるいは、微妙に変化し、その変化が生み出す表情を豊かに感じられるものとなり、移ろいゆく多様な光の状態が現れている。

壁面は、牧場の素朴な土のような質感を持つ特殊な塗装を施し、暖かみのある木材を組み合わせ、親しみと優しさに溢れる雰囲気を演出。カウンターには荒々しい木目が滝のように流れ、柱には木の質感を強調した塗料を施し、生命力のある木のエネルギーを空間に漂わす。
格子の下には、ミルクが流れるような形状のペンダント照明が浮遊し、空間に軽やかなリズムを響かせる。

新旧の時間と空間が重なり合い、幾重にも絡み合う格子と光のレイヤーが、神秘的な輝きと深遠な奥行きを創出する森のような空間体験の実現を目指した。

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category : restaurant
location : japan
date : 2014
construction : aslego
special paint : osamu yamaguchi

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