07BEACH designs sushi restaurant in ho chi minh city
07BEACH designs sushi restaurant in ho chi minh city
apr 09, 2015

07BEACH designs sushi restaurant in ho chi minh city

07BEACH designs sushi restaurant in ho chi minh city
all images © hiroyuki oki




the enjoyment of sushi is broken in to two discernible halves. first, obviously, is the actual eating of the sushi; its tastes, textures, and bold colors. secondly, and arguably just as important, is the preparation of the meal. joe chikamori, principle architect at 07BEACH, was commissioned to complete a sushi restaurant representative of these views.

07BEACH designs sushi restaurant in ho chi minh city
the restaurant is tucked away in an alley in ho chi minh city, vietnam 




a design plan was built focusing on satisfaction, quality, and above all else, a clear view of the master chef’s workspace. the main building is a renovation, building from the previously existing site. to begin, chikamori removed the structure’s second story and extended the ceilings to the full extent allowed. the added height gives a feeling of elegance and luxury, furthered by the room’s spare furnishings. inside there are eight unique stone chairs, and a counter–a bathroom and kitchen are also present–nothing more, nothing less. behind the eating counter is an undulating, cypress-tile wall that takes the form of fish-scales, increasing the room’s sensual experience

07BEACH designs sushi restaurant in ho chi minh city
the chef is the restaurant’s focal point, a muted color palette was chosen to accentuate him further




next to the main dining space is a small pond. beyond, is a cantilevered annex that functions as an exclusive eating area. the room can be seen, but not accessed from the restaurant, giving it a feeling of value but not approachability. diners of the annex have their own private entrance and bathroom, and food is delivered via a small service bridge across the pond. a metal louvre blocks view from the two rooms, ensuring privacy and a comfortable eating experience for both parties. chikamori used only local materials and building techniques, creating a high-quality space with a distinctly vietnamese feel.

the  main dining room holds eight unique stone chairs

scale-like cypress tiles

07BEACH designs sushi restaurant in ho chi minh city
steel lattice with tempered and figured glass 



video courtesy of joe chikamori


annex entrance

07BEACH designs sushi restaurant in ho chi minh city
annex dining room 

a cantilevered floor makes the private room seem like its floating in space

07BEACH designs sushi restaurant in ho chi minh city
private seating area detached from main building

a suspended louver above the pond blocks sight from the annex and main dining areas

07BEACH designs sushi restaurant in ho chi minh city
façade at night 



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