serrated-yufutoku restaurant


This narrow little Tokyo Soba noodle house is a dramatic incursion to the street façade. Only the width of a truck, it manages to be organically fluid, yet scary aggressive. Designed by Issho architects, Yufutoku Restaurant pushes the boundaries of design whilst remaining traditionally Japanese.

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The rippled wooden louvres that form the façade remind me of a serrated bread knife, ripples in sand or the surface of a turbulent ocean. I love the idea of a continuous texture as a building façade and the glowing light from the interior beyond creates an incredible dimension.

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The interior of the restaurant is a much softer play on the theme, with a pallete of only three finishes. Much like a crab – spikey outer shell and soft white flaky inside. I love crab meat, but can’t be bothered with the effort to seek it out.

isshoarchitectsy-photo-Koichi Torimura

photos-Koichi Torimura

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