Photography: Hiroshi Mizusaki

Local studio Case-Real gave a Fukuoka dry cleaners shop a minimalist makeover to create this wood-lined sushi restaurant – which measures just 20 sqm.

Takigawa expands around the chef’s counter, made from Gingko wood, which curves around one wall to create more space for seating. Tools and utensils are hidden away, putting the focus on the Japanese cypress that covers the walls.

Fukuoka’s tiny Takigawa sushi restaurant cocoons diners in wood
Photography: Hiroshi Mizusaki

Case-Real used a warm colour palette for the Fukuoka restaurant, which includes a clay ceiling and wall, punctuated by a single sprig of greenery. Details have been stripped back to the absolute minimum, with simple furniture and fittings.

The outside is finished in white stucco, to help it ‘quietly blend’ into its surroundings at night, but a warm glow spills out from the doorway and single window.

Fukuoka’s tiny Takigawa sushi restaurant cocoons diners in wood
Photography: Hiroshi Mizusaki
Fukuoka’s tiny Takigawa sushi restaurant cocoons diners in wood
Photography: Hiroshi Mizusaki

[h/t Curbed]

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