Nomiya temporary restaurant by Pascal Grasso


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Parisian architect Pascal Grasso has installed a temporary, transportable restaurant on the roof of Le Palais de Tokyo museum in Paris.

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The structure features a dining room for twelve people with a panoramic view over the Seine and the Eiffel tower.

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The restaurant comprises a glass cabin and a perforated metal screen covering the central cooking area.

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Coloured LED lighting is placed between the metal skin and the glass core.

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White Corian furniture populates the dining room.

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The 18 metre-long structure was part constructed in the Cherbourg boatyard in northern France and transported to Paris in two parts, where it was assembled on the roof of Le Palais de Tokyo.

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The restaurant takes its name, Nomiya, from a very small restaurant in Japan.

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Photos are by Nicolas Dorval-Bory.

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Photos are by Nicolas Dorval-Bory. Here's more from Pascal Grasso:


Nomiya : Temporary restaurant on the roof of the « Palais de Tokyo » museum

The art center « Le Palais de Tokyo » asked us to imagine a temporay piece on the roof of the building. We designed a take-down and easily transportable module, which is a twelve seats dining room, with a panoramic view on Paris. Nomiya is the name of the very small restaurant in Japan.

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The structure is 18m long,  4m large, 3.50 m high and weights 22 tonnes. It has been constructed in the Cherbourg boatyard, in the North of France, and transported in two pieces by special trunks to Paris, and then set on the roof of the Museum.

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This construction is composed by a glass volume, covered by a metallic skin on its central part.

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The dining area, entirely made of glass, is looking at the Seine and the Eiffel tower.

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The central part (cooking aera) is covered by a punched made-to-measure sheet metal. The perforations represent an aurora borealis drawing.

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The lightning system is put between the glass and the metallic skins.

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Composed by lines of leds, it emphasizes the drawing of the facade and changes its colors, like a real aurora borealis.

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The interior design is minimalist, with a white Corian furniture and a grey wooden floor.

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Above the dinner table, suspended leds extend the sparkling of the city.

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Architect : Pascal Grasso

Artist associated : Laurent Grasso
Structure / facade engineer : ARCORA
Client: Palais de Tokyo / Electrolux

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Posted on Friday September 11th 2009 at 12:05 am by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Alexander


  • The idea in itself is amazing, it goes very well for Paris it’s a city with many events!

    Concerning the structure of this temporary restaurant, it’s very beautiful at night, but, I will not say the same thing when it’s daylight, especially when viewed from below, because it looks like an elegant “container…”.

    PS: a restaurant for twelve people they must be for the elite (after all this preparation) and especially with a panoramic view of beautiful Paris… After all why not!

    Francois Beydoun

  • Daniel

    Just beautiful! Lovely!

  • simonstar


    I just couldn`t decide which image should I have on my desktop.
    I LOOK PARIS :) !

  • modular

    wow… wicked! I dig it.. at least at night. I don’t know, but during the day it seems that “something is wrong”, yet I believe that this will grown on me during the next few days.

  • nice experiment

  • Reinhard04

    i love it

  • Absolutly WILD!!!! Amazing details and works so well.

  • I hope the wind doesn’t blow too hard … but simple and stunning!

  • Take that sustainability! What a fantastic view! Nothing like showcasing yourself having a great time where people can’t join ya.

  • Wow!! That’s a great spot to have lunch…

  • contaminazioni

    They already did an hotel room like that… in the same location… maybe the same designer as well, i can t remember.

  • nice and simple…
    i’d like to see more things like this…

  • Nice view, La tour Eiffel!

  • I do like it, but for so stunning a view and so exclusive a location, I would have preferred more elegant seating…

  • …and movable!!! I want it for my home.Perfect.

  • cornelius

    It seems to be a new trend to put small buildings on this roof:

    Hotel Everland by Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann from switzerland.

  • ernesto

    how long will it stay?

  • Guido Lamachina

    it will be in place for a year (till june 10).
    The project is a collaboration with the architect’s brother, the artist Laurent Grasso.
    And was sponsored by Electrolux.
    The culinary idea is A new menu per day for a year. The chef is Gilles Stassard who has a long experience of mixing art and cuisine.
    If you want to book a diner, the best is to have a look on :

  • OG

    @Francois Beydoun

    not to be rude but you are making comments to every single post on this site. for me you come across as a bit pretentious and also.. you don’t need to sign all your comments since your name is already clearly viewable on top.

    and regarding the restaurant; the view and where it is located makes it very special but apart from that, just ok.

  • tremendo

  • Escala

    Interesting and really simple on his disgn where the respect of the space looks to be really clear and strong

  • smita

    gorgeous!! what an amazing idea and so simply BOLD

  • Katrin Fridriks

    JUST LUV IT, une idée de génie ;) grand plaisir