geneto pitches steep roof of italian restaurant langolino in japan geneto pitches steep roof of italian restaurant langolino in japan
may 13, 2014

geneto pitches steep roof of italian restaurant langolino in japan

geneto pitches steep roof of italian restaurant langolino in japan  
images © yasutake kondo
all images courtesy of geneto




wanting to develop a local identity, yet stand out within its context, the italian restaurant ‘langolino’ designed by japanese studio geneto features a steeply pitched roof. the white, tent-like structure is situated in gunma prefecture in japan. the edifice serves as a place for people to meet and feel a sense of community. the building has been constructed from plywood, and its pointed shape was created as nothing like it previously existed in the town. small, triangle windows were cut-out from the façade to avoid interaction between the interior and exterior, while the restaurant offers an intimate environment with multiple wooden frames used to shape the high-ceiling.


the ‘langolino’ italian restaurant in japan


the structure is designed as a marking point within its surroundings


nighttime view of the tent-like building


view of the restaurant interior


triangle shapes are used throughout


view of the main hall from the kitchen


the ceiling is framed by the wooden structure


plan and configuration diagram


details of each of the connection parts


survey of the surrounding area



project info:


location: tatebayashi city in gunma
construction methods: monocoque structure by structural plywood
client: l’angolino
architects: geneto
contract partner: pivoto, kazuhisa sunaga
structural engineer: takashi takamizawa
photography: yasutake kondo



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