Inami Koro (Udon Restaurant and Shop) by Tetsuya Matsumoto
2018 - 2019, Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
The Udon restaurant chain, Inami Koro has taken over the challenge of reinventing the traditional Japanese thick noodles dish, Udon, by serving the dish in new ways while still using traditional techniques of making it. The Edge of the Wood design was inspired by this practice and tried to reflect it by revisiting the traditional Japanese wooden frame construction methods. the construction uses common techniques to bring on a new lighter and sharper look to wooden buildings.
The Edge of the Wood is a trial to reinvent the Japanese traditional wood frame construction by giving it a fresh look. All contour lines expressing the shape of the building were simplified to create an icon. The roof and ceiling lines were rotated by taking the eaves as axes, glass frame was hidden between the thin wooden pillars and a wooden plank, and the outside walls were made triangular with edges expressed in single line. This creates a light and sharp look for a wooden building.
Design Challenges
To construct a new light and sharp image of the wooden construction the lines of the ceiling and roof were rotated by taking the eaves as axes, this creates a lighter roof with only one line visible. the frame holding the glass from four aspects is held in the architecture and looks frameless. The interior spaces are much brighter, and the contour of the building is simpler providing a sharp image and easy understanding of the space and the surfaces. The whole building is turned into an Icon.
Production Technology
This building uses traditional Japanese wooden frame construction methods that are still the most commonly used in japan nowadays. The foundations are made in concrete, the frame is wooden. The exterior walls are finished in Aica Jolypat. The metallic roof is nearly flat, keeping only 3percent of inclination. The glass of the west and south facade is sandwiched between the thin wooden pillars and a plank made of the same wood. The upper and bottom parts are hidden in the ceiling and the floor.
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