Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo

Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo, Japanese Cafe Building Design, Mie Prefecture Architecture Photos

Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo, Kansai

30 November 2021

Cafe with color sequence expressing the living warmth of fermentation

Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo, Mie Prefecture

Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo, Japan

Design: Atsushi Suzuki, Transit Branding Studio

Location: San Sebastian St.8, Taki-cho Vison 672-1, Taki District, Mie Prefecture, Kansai region, Honshu, Japan

Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo, Mie Prefecture

Photos by Hitomi Matsuno

Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo, Mie Prefecture

Located inside a luxury resort and shopping center in Mie Prefecture, this café operated by rice-koji maker Uonuma Jozo offers amazake, a sweet fermented koji drink, and other koji products.

Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo, Mie Prefecture

The materials, colors, and forms of the café were inspired by the heat of koji fermentation and the traditional architecture of Uonuma, the company’s hometown in northern Japan, where snow can pile up over three meters high in winter.

Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo, Mie Prefecture

During the process of making koji, heat is released when microorganisms consume organic matter—which is to say, the warmth of fermentation is a vital, living warmth that changes second by second. This space was designed with a similar mindset.

Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo, Mie Prefecture

For instance, the flushed red fixture surrounded by benches in the center of the room is intentionally lowered to eye level to create a striking contrast in hue when viewed from outside. When guests sit on the bench and view the greenery outside, their perception of the colors gradually changes.

Japanese cafe building design in Mie, Kansai

In addition, the red plaster floor adds to the ruddy light that reflects off the faces of people in the café. This sequence of color transformations is intended to express the living warmth of fermentation.

Japanese cafe building design in Mie, Kansai

Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo – Building Information

Project Name:Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo

Project Location: San Sebastian St.8, Taki-cho Vison 672-1, Taki District, Mie Prefecture 519-2170, Japan

Japanese cafe building design in Mie, Kansai

Date of Completion: July 2021
Total Floor Area: 70.4m2
Client: Marukome Co.,Ltd.

Japanese cafe building design in Mie, Kansai

Credit Information:
Designer: Atsushi Suzuki / Transit Branding Studio™
Lighting Designer: Mizuki Matsuura / hmmm

Photographer: Hitomi Matsuno / Transit Branding Studio™

Japanese cafe building design in Mie, Kansai

Transit Branding Studio Japan

Designer Profile: Atsushi Suzuki joined the design team at Tanseisha in 2012, specializing in interiors for brand shops and department stores. In 2020 he joined Transit Branding Studio, where he oversees all aspects of project launches, from planning and interior design to content development. https://www.transit-web.com/

Mie cafe building design Kansai, Honshu

Koji Saryo Produced by Uonuma Jozo images / information received 301121 from Transit Branding Studio

Location: San Sebastian St.8, Taki-cho Vison 672-1, Taki District, Mie Prefecture 519-2170, Japan Japan, East Asia

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