Silver A Design Award Winner 2018. Shoryu interior draws from the basic principles of Hakata’s historic building techniques and Oxford architecture to create unique ramen restaurants.
Shoryu restaurant design is based on the ancient philosophy of yin and yang. Restaurant interior simultaneously soothe and energize.
The space is intended to deliver virtual hug of energetic atmosphere whilst using calm Japanese pallet and local materials.
Challenge was to create simple and elegant restaurant housing 90 customers whilst fusing two different cultures.
Buzz is created by welcoming shouts of ‘Irasshaimase’ and beating of the drum as well as the drama of the open kitchen.
Shoryu interior draws from the basic principles of Hakata’s historic building techniques and Oxford architecture to create unique ramen restaurants.
The principal idea for materials was based on Tsou Yen’s belief that life is moving through five phases - fire, water, metal, wood, earth. These elements were sensitively incorporated throughout the space to create harmonious and ordered design.
Restaurant is wrapped around the glass fronted theatre kitchen, whilst raised bar is situated on the right hand side of the room, proudly displaying gold leaf sake barrels, beer slushy and large selection of Japanese cocktails and whiskey.
Oak, stone and bronze is a positive nod to historic Oxford, whilst Japanese elements come from illuminated rice, lanterns, bamboo and suspended sake box screens. Bespoke wall was formed from Japanese roof tiles set inside the lime plaster – this thousand old wall building technique is unique to Hakata region in Japan.