Uchi Miami sushi restaurant interior

Stitched brick wall welcomes guests to Uchi Miami restaurant by Michael Hsu

Masonry bricks are tied together to form a curved entryway at this sushi restaurant in Miami's Wynwood neighbourhood, by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture.

At Uchi Miami, the American firm aimed to create a "perfect contrast" between the materials, techniques and styles of Japan and Florida.

Uchi Miami entrance
Uchi Miami in Wynwood is fronted by a white structure wrapped in slats

"Uchi tells a story of tactility, honoring Japanese tradition, but has been infused with local notes," said Michael Hsu Office of Architecture.

"Wrapping, layering and stitching, inspired by native art forms, apply sophisticated design to simple objects to elevate ordinary materials found in daily life."

Wall of woven bricks
A wall of woven bricks by Vas Bets greets guests upon entry

Flanked by troughs filled with tropical plants, the entrance is surrounded by a pure white frame wrapped with vertical slats.

Once through the glass doors, guests are guided around to the host stand by a curved wall of concrete blocks created by locally based artist Vas Bets.

Dining area entrance facing the bar
A chalk mural by Sam Angus Jackson is found above the sushi bar

The blocks are tied together with rope, which weaves through their holes in a repeated pattern that is reflected in the polished floor.

In the main dining area, a mix of banquettes, bar seating and high-top tables offers a variety of configurations for parties of different sizes.

Wide view of the restaurant banquettes
Warbach's woven light fixtures create patterns across the ceiling

The wooden banquettes feature curved woven back panels and grey upholstered cushions – in a bouclé fabric for the backs and leather for the seats.

Walnut table tops and ash chairs match panelling on the walls and ceiling, while other surfaces are lined with bright red and orange wallpaper.

Other artist collaborations within the restaurant include a hand-drawn chalk mural of jellyfish by artist Sam Angus Jackson, found above the sushi bar.

Hand-woven wall hangings by Miami artist Elan Byrd decorate the series of private dining areas, which run along one end of the restaurant behind black-framed glass panels.

Bright red wallpaper behind the tables
Bright red wallpaper offers a contrast to the natural materials

Positioned over the bars and dining tables, lighting studio Warbach's bespoke fixtures continue the woven motif.

"The overhead large, custom basket light provides a warm glow to illuminate the wall's shapes and textile-inspired characteristics," said Michael Hsu's team.

Casual seating area
The studio aimed to blend a variety of textures and materials throughout the restaurant

Michael Hsu Office of Architecture has previously completed a restaurant with a curved wooden ceiling in its home city of Austin, Texas.

The studio has also designed a remote home in Texas Hill Country and the interiors for Shake Shack's headquarters in New York City.

The photography is by Chase Daniel.


Project credits:

Owner: Hai Hospitality
Architect of record: Form Group Architecture
General contractor: City Construction Group
Project management: Amicon Management
Kitchen consultant: Trimark USA
MEP: RPJ Engineering
Landscape designer: Plant the Future

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