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Hoto Fudo, Yamanashi, Japan

Monday 27 Sep 2010

Dining with the elements

Koji Fujii 
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28/09/10 Anderson, Portland
The form and shape are very organic but as a dining experience from the inside would be very claustrophobic and doesn't allow for views out to the amazing distant landscape.

Award Entry

Takeshi Hosaka designs a unique restaurant experience in the shadow of Mount Fuji 

This project was planned on a site with Mt. Fuji rising closely in the south and with the two sides facing the trunk roads. This building seems to belong to such natural objects as mountains and clouds. It is formed of a soft geometry, rather than the solid shapes of quadrangles and circles. By continuously operating innumerable polygon mesh points, the architects have determined a shape that clears the conditions such as the consistency of the shell's construction and the undulations that ward off rainwater in spite of its free geometry.

This building has no air conditioners. It is open to the air in most seasons, and people can enjoy a meal in air as fresh as that outside. The curved acrylic sliding door is closed only during the strong wind and the coldest season. Giving 60 mm thick urethane insulation to the outside of the RC shell and keeping a stable RC temperature secures a stable temperature environment for the building like inside and outside, and also reduces the deformation volume due to the temperature, to make the building last longer.

For the lighting plan, the architects have determined such illumination as makes people feel simple changes in the evening light and avoids insects gathering around the lights. When it rains, rainwater comes through near windows and doors. In the spaces where rain does not come in, people enjoy the sound of raindrops. When it is foggy, the fog comes into the building. In this place, like the middle between nature and art, people can eat hoto rich in natural ingredients.

HOTO is a traditional local noodle food.

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 0.23(m€)
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Takeshi Hosaka Architects

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