Located in Japan is the HANA restaurant / bar and event space. Translated, HANA means “flower”. When designing the interior layout of the space, Moriyuki Ochiai Architects wanted to represent the floral imagery of the establishment’s distinguished name.
Taking inspiration from the Japanese cultural background, a single finite material–aluminum–was utilized as a simple planar surface from which an engaging three-dimensional space that fulfills various functions and requirements at once was created. A sheet of aluminum, a recyclable material as thin and flexible as paper, spreads across the ceiling as it fills the space with its light and airy presence. The creases in the aluminum are as many glittering and fluttering petals covering the ceiling and enfolding visitors in a flowery embrace.
The aluminum is positioned within the space to vary in size and density, just as the petals of a flower would. As the settings within the restaurant change, the positioning of the aluminum changes, and as a guest’s vantage point changes, the space redefines itself. These minuet changes in perception allow guests to find an oasis of comfort that suites their needs within the space.
Similar to the look of aluminum is Silver Illusion Spandex. When stretched over a frame, this fabric can have the same effect as aluminum, while offering more flexibility and durability for permanent and semi-permanent environments.
Allison has had a lifelong interest in multiple facets of design. Growing up between a sewing machine and a sketch pad, she went on to fine-tune her skills through studies in fine arts and fashion design. Upon entering the design/build industry, she continuously researches trends in various markets, including retail, hospitality, exhibitory/events, interiors and architecture in order to provide valuable educational and inspirational resources to clients.