Tree Restaurant by Koichi Takada Architects


TREE Restaurant by Koichi Takada Architects

A louvred timber canopy fans up from the centre of this restaurant near Sydney by Australian architects Koichi Takada.

TREE Restaurant by Koichi Takada Architects

At the Tree Restaurant diners are served sushi from a conveyer belt that circles the central tree-like form.

TREE Restaurant by Koichi Takada Architects

Lighting is concealed behind the louvres and filters through.

TREE Restaurant by Koichi Takada Architects

Photography is by Sharrin Rees.

TREE Restaurant by Koichi Takada Architects

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The following text is from the architects:

Koichi Takada Architects

Our practice explores how contemporary interior design can best embody the qualities and virtues present in nature.

We propose a dining concept that recreates HANAMI, the traditional Japanese festival of the Cherry Blossom in bloom. Dining under the cherry blossom trees is a social gathering that celebrates the arrival of spring. This concept not only represents the serving of Japanese cuisines, but also hopes to capture a symbolic place for the locals to gather and dine under ‘one big tree’ and for the owner to nurture the business as if growing a tree.

TREE Restaurant by Koichi Takada Architects

We wish to emulate the comfort and tranquility the canopy of tree can create. Timber profiles create the branches of the tree, transforming the Sushi Train restaurant into a place of nature. Dappled light filters between the timber branches. The flairs of light change as you move through the restaurant, mimicking the irregularity of natural sunlight, while highlighting the path of the Sushi Train.

Conceptually the TREE has become symbolic of the nurture and care put into growing this successful business. The branches extend to the perimeter, encompassing diners and workers alike. The timber profiles have been cut using CNC technology, minimising waste and allowing accuracy and detail in the design. Gaboon Marine Plywood, brings the warmth of timber to the interior, which compliments the texture of the rendered walls. The contrast of these elements highlights the central TREE and the Sushi Train below.

TREE Restaurant by Koichi Takada Architects

Project: TREE Restaurant
Sushi Train Sutherland

Owner: Mr. Goro Usui
Location: Shop 2 & 3, 570 Presidents Avenue
Sutherland, NSW 2232

Area: 198m2
Completion Date: December 2010
Design Team: Koichi Takada Architects
Construction Team: Darrell Sadler / Finn Projects
Photographs: Sharrin Rees
Construction: Koichi Takada Architects

  • tim

    Koichi, you are a superstar now!

  • Henry Skupniewicz
  • Lovely, impressive and warm atmosphere… I love it!

    François Beydoun

  • Great idea! although the lighting seems to be working against the project, and not along with it.

    • sean

      strangely agree. although i think he has captured the lighting experience in a hanami well. i've grown up in japan and have spent many years under cherry blossoms, and as the petals fall (quit intensely at times) the spotted rays of sun light which seep through the gaps are very similar to what we see in the photo.
      it would be interesting to see what the physical space is like under these lights, rather than images.

  • Nikki

    Gorgeous. It's very warm and elegant. It must be a fantastic experience dining under the branches.

  • nidge

    is Artex making a comeback?

  • Ali

    lighting killlled this project. so close.

  • adi.prasetyo

    simple, catchy, applicable, nice :)

  • caslon

    this is what the lighting could have looked like..