NIGIO is located in Guochuang Park, Qinhuai District, Nanjing City. It is located in the neighborhood of the Cultural and Creative Industrial Park, which has been transformed from an old industrial factory. It radiates a large number of young office workers, shoppers and residents of surrounding communities. NIGIO started in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province in 2014. Its brand style attaches great importance to the exploration of Japanese ritual spirit and the unique creation of restaurant environment, which is deeply loved by young audiences. As the first store in Nanjing, how to fit the aura of historical buildings to complete the localized creative transformation and highlight the diversification of the NIGIO brand has become the design issue that the design team is trying to explore in this project.
▲空间概览 Space overview
After analyzing the on-site environment and functional demands, the design team drew inspiration from the oriental construction culture, and combined the dry-column architectural intentions in southern residential buildings with the “ground floor overhead” feature of traditional Japanese residential buildings. Building is a way of spatial reconception to fully create accessibility in a small space.
▲用餐区材质细节 Dining area material details
▲一层用餐区First floor dining area
Based on the respect and continuation of the overall frame of the historical building, the design team retained the internal cladding texture and the original roof truss, and built a dark-style aluminum-steel frame in the red brick mottled factory space. Enhances the “dramatic” character of the space. A new space is designed to be juxtaposed in the original frame, presenting a state of mixing old and new, low-key blending into the Japanese culture of harmony and silence, becoming a must-see for food lovers in the city to explore and inquire.
▲空间形态生成 Spatial morphogenesis
At the beginning of the design, taking into account the relationship between the space along the street and the street, to strengthen the sense of boundary of the site, the dark blue aluminum plates on the outer façade are stacked, making people curious about the hidden world hidden behind the narrow glass door.
▲中台区域 Central area
▲环境细节 Environmental details
▲装置与空间的关系 The relationship between installation and space
In the selection of materials, we pay attention to the relationship between material texture and people. Therefore, based on the shape of the izakaya, we choose two materials, shoji paper and log elements, which have an interactive sense of physical touch, and blend with the space enclosed by the steel frame. In a tight space, people feel closer. Compared with concrete, steel structure as the main material has the advantages of continuity and clarity. Therefore, highlighting the connection between structural components can make guests feel the structural expression in the space more intuitively, thereby deepening their impression.
▲建筑感的空间结构 Architectural space structure
▲结构细节 Structural details
▲装置与构架的关系 The relationship between the device and the structure
▲从室内望向入口 Looking towards the entrance from the interior
The design team thought about the high-efficiency layout of the space. The newly built steel frame cuts the interior of the compact restaurant into a double-storey space. The design of the private room on the second floor with a semi-enclosed structure around the atrium meets the needs of private gatherings. The first floor focuses on restoring the open atmosphere of traditional izakaya cuisine to distinguish it, and it is also a local transformation based on the universalization of commercial space.
▲主要包间 Main compartment
▲主要包间立面细节 Main compartment elevation details
▲独立包间 Independent private room
▲灵活包间一景 A view of the flexible private room
▲楼梯细部 Stair detail
The cooking behavior on the center stage is set off by the atmosphere of the monster installation at the top, and the lighting is used to strengthen the visual focus in the center of the space, which is reminiscent of the grotesque masks in the prints of the samurai Katsushika Hokusai, giving the audience a dramatic sense of the stage.
▲装置细节 Device Details
▲装置氛围 installation atmosphere
We hope to convey the unique sense of ritual of Naiku Izakaya by creating an immersive space atmosphere, and to find a more balanced state in the relationship between cooking and people. At the same time, the design team will continue to make breakthroughs in the field of Japanese material space, and will be more committed to co-focusing with excellent commercial brands to explore the possibility of more creative expression.
▲空间构架分析 space frame analysis
▲空间平面图 Space plan