Yojisan Sushi
Tuesday 12 Mar 2013


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Instead of pandering to existing Beverly Hills clichés, architect Dan Brunn steps through the looking glass with his newly designed Japanese restaurant Yojisan. The result is a simple yet substantial visual impact inspired by traditional Japanese materials, culture and lifestyle. Diners experience Yojisan through a narrative of allusion and light. This subtle surrealism begins with Yojisan’s façade, which appears as if it were metallic but is actually a succession of cedar planks that melt seamlessly into seductively slim signage. Upon entering Yojisan, diners walk under a floating rug of leafy plants that spring from the ceiling and are lit from above. Counterbalancing the lighter design features of the restaurant are several grounding elements beyond the unique Japanese forest dreamscape. Comprised of sturdy reclaimed wood and board-formed concrete, the host desk and sushi bar are given a sense of permanence and echo the rustic exterior materials. Beyond the host desk, the ceiling unexpectedly makes way for two giant, inverted bento boxes that highlight the central dining areas with a reflective red finish and provide a warm, emanating glow to diners below. Underneath these deftly hovering volumes lies a sea of custom-designed tables forged through a special process of bluing, akin to the craft of fashioning traditional Japanese tools. The wall providing the main circulation artery features a dramatic array of angled light coves evoking dynamic bamboo shoots that culminate at the ceiling. Each luminescent strand plays with negative space and is clad with a custom-formed cloth and plastic composite. Yojisan is a restaurant that's elegantly minimal but still celebrates exuberant playfulness. The spatial arrangement echoes the delicate harmony between the strong and silent elements of Japanese cuisine. Within a very limited space, Yojisan brings a surreal revolution to a city of tradition.

Dan Brunn Architecture


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