located in beijing‘s central business district, dongshang is a new japanese restaurant by imafuku architects, composed of bamboo in many different forms and sizes. the traditional material, with strong connections to both japanese and chinese culture, extends from interior to exterior, covering the restaurant’s walls and ceilings to create an intimate, warm atmosphere. 

imafuku architects creates a bamboo canopy inside japanese restaurant in beijing
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imafuku architects has used bamboo to create a space that appeals to chinese culture as well, despite its japanese cuisine menu. guests enter through an intermediate, buffering space that allows distance between the public street and the intimate interior, which features bamboo strips on the walls and a succession of arches on the ceiling made of the same material. a second hallway that provides access from a different street is created in a similar way, and features ceiling lighting which passes through the strips and illuminates the walls like sunshine filtering through tree leaves. 

imafuku architects creates a bamboo canopy inside japanese restaurant in beijing



further in, the dining hall is also surrounded by bamboo walls that extend from the two hallways, while on its ceiling, a canopy made of 3cm sticks is suspended over the tables. the japanese architects have combined the dominant material with refined details, such as brass strips, terrazzo, black granite stones, and steel.

imafuku architects creates a bamboo canopy inside japanese restaurant in beijing

imafuku architects creates a bamboo canopy inside japanese restaurant in beijing



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