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Interior Design: Tree Restaurant

March 29, 2011

Koichi Takada’s latest restaurant design in Sydney features a canopy of timber, inspired by the Japanese festival celebrating cherry blossom season.

The design of Tree is drawn from the traditional Japanese Hanami festival celebrating the cherry blossom season. Dining under the cherry blossom trees is a social event that celebrates the arrival of spring, providing a symbolic place for people to gather and dine as a community.

The canopy of the tree is recreated inside the restaurant, emulating the comfort and tranquility of gathering under the branches and transforming the restaurant into a place of nature. Light filters through the timber structure, mimicking the dappled patterns of natural sunlight.

The timber profiles have been CNC cut, minimising waste and ensuring accuracy in the details of the design. Made from Gaboon Marine Plywood, the timber structure radiates from the centre of the restaurant and extends across the entire space – encompassing dining space and kitchen areas alike. The complex form of the tree canopy is complemented by the texture of the rendered walls, giving the fitout a tactile finish.

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