On the tenth anniversary of the restaurant in Rome, Zen Sushi entrusted to architect Carlo Berarducci the renovation project of the space. The aim was to give the restaurant a new look able to recreate in Italy the truly Japanese essence in a contemporary way.

The design has been inspired by the colourful walkways which led to the temples of Fushimi Inari in Kyoto.zen-sushi-restaurant-inspiration

Dividers and walls formed by the succession of hundreds of vertical elements of black wood lacquered from one meter up of glossy red-orange drive and mark the going throw, evoking the colours and suggestions of the wooden portals of the Japanese forest.

The project is conceived as a sequence of steps and direction changes, which gradually reveal the environments without closing the perspectives, inviting you to explore the interior spaces.

Photo: FG+SG Fernando Guerra
Photo: FG+SG Fernando Guerra

Red-orange lacquered suspended ceilings emphasize the visual perspectives and identify the different areas of the entrance and waiting, the long bar sushibar with the Kaiten, and a small more intimate room in the bottom that can be reserved for private dinners.

Two rich black polished marble walls from the backdrop to the restaurant and backlit rice paper walls help to create focus on the central area: the Kaiten and the open workstation of the sushi master.

Porcelain tile floors and matte black painted ceilings together with black painted exposed air systems make the space container completely dark and neutral leaving out only the red orange backlit ceilings and walls hitten by a punctual lighting.

The black marble wall continues along the room with the tables and the staircase leading to the bathrooms downstairs, reflected on the opposite mirror walls that multiply the perspective of the space.

Photo: FG+SG Fernando Guerra

Zen Sushi Restaurant by Berarducci Architecture is one of the shortlisted project for the Bars & Restaurant category of the 2015 INSIDE Festival Award and is one of the finalist projects of the International Interior Design of the Year category for the LEAF Awards 2015.


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