Architecture F&B

Kengo Kuma and Associates designs suspended restaurant on steep slope that pays homage to traditional temple

May 31, 2020

Kengo Kuma and Associates has designed a 200m² “suspended” restaurant, Mikuni Izukogen, in Izukogen Shizuoka overlooking the Sagami Bay on the cliffs of Japan’s Izu Peninsula. The terrain of Japan is complex, and various methods have been deployed to reconcile terrain with architecture.

“Suspension” is a method of constructing a building so that it floats on a steep slope. One such example is the Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto is a representative example. The firm made a transparent “suspension” using steel frames, and built a solid board of cypress wood up to 11.4 meters above it to float the roof.

The design team was able to float a cloud-like structure made of cypress on the green cliff.

Project Team: Minoru Yokoo, Akio Saruta, Kaoru Guo, Ryuta Nomura, Kimio Suzuki

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Photo: Kawasumi, Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office

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