Sawa Sushi is a traditional Japanese Cuisine restaurant which is located in Xi'an, besides the Nanhu Lake. The designer uses recycle old wood from the dismantled old houses in the city, and incorporated into the space. The traces of "time" are highlighted and echoing the ancient capital of the 13 dynasty. The whole space designed in a natural and simple style, and sublimated with landscaping, simple but dignified.
The traditional Japanese garden made of green moss, black pine and stone slabs is the first impression that the space conveys to the guests. The natural atmosphere is like a paradise, leaving aside the hustle and bustle of the world. The bamboo as the handrail, and the stone steps are decorated with ancient and natural stone lanterns and natural stones to greet the guests.
Opening the wooden partition door, the surface is composed of hand-polished texture paint and granular metal rust plate. The rough wall surface forms a sharp contrast with the exquisite wood grille door, and both of them highlight their texture under the warm lighting atmosphere. The plinth is made of the old elm wood which extend the entire space, with the traces of years. The combination of old wooden columns and stone base at the corner of the wall is also intended to echo the architectural culture of the ancient capital.
Walking into the restaurant, the quiet corridor is decorated with Zen ikebana artworks, giving life to things. The light in the itamae dining area appears through the cracks in the walls, making guests want to come up. The designer brings the courtyard landscape into the side of the interior corridor. With dark granite slabs as the background, scattered gravel as the floor and decorate with green plants, along with the sound of gurgling water, guests can feel the special scenery.
Through the quiet corridor, guests reach the center of the space - the itamae dining area. The regular wooden lattice with two different textures of bamboo weave forms the ceiling and the walls of the itamae area. The luminous backdrop which made of traditional Japanese washi paper and the shimmering light emanating from the wooden lattice on both sides are reflected in the space.
There is only one private room in the restaurant. The six-sit private room is unified with the overall style of the space, that is quiet and profound, rustic and exquisite. Unlike the convex texture paint used in the public area, the texture paint used in the private room is smoother, aiming to create a quiet dining experience for guests. The visual center of the private room is a natural wood panel as the dining table, bringing guests a sense of simplicity.
Throughout the interior space, the designer has chosen materials that retain traces of handcraft deliberately. Various factors in the space create the unique color of the materials. The unique texture formed by the flow of time and the surface of the material that changes over time remind guests that the traces of time are flowing through the space.