Soseki is located in uyao55 Creative Park, Jing’an District, Shanghai, where the environment is quiet and far away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. The location of the store, like its geographical location, is hidden in the city, so that diners can fully experience the materials and professionalism of ingredients in a clear, secluded and elegant dining space. say hopes to focus on the presentation of spatial structure and materials, and subtly integrate food, culture and design, so as to create a unique spatial experience for diners.
▼项目概览，overall of the project © 汪敏杰
Simple and plain layout
From the facade of black metal plate to the door head and shop signboard, it conveys the low-key quietness and seclusion of the world. It seems to be the entrance to the mysterious and profound road to enlightenment, and it will not rely too much on passers-by. A simple and elegant light attracts diners who have the same aesthetic for food, which is both hidden and mysterious.
▼街道视角，street view of the project © 汪敏杰
▼店铺立面，facade of the restaurant © 汪敏杰
▼入口灯牌，a simple and elegant light attracts people © 汪敏杰
Although the facade of the whole restaurant is low-key and serious, its internal space is based on simple elegance and warmth. Among them, the Fumiisi in the porch (Genkan), the soft wood veneer in the interior, the Hinoki in front of the board (Itamae), and the screen extending the Japanese origami technology together set off the simple, comfortable and natural texture of the whole dining environment. When you came in here, the first thing that catches your eye is a narrow porch (Genkan). When we pass through the porch and walk into the indoor corridor, the visual effect of “suddenly enlightened” will be produced immediately, and this porch also fully plays the role of indoor and outdoor transition.
▼玄关，entrance © 汪敏杰
▼概念分析，analysis diagram © say architects
In terms of the indoor layout, we implanted four “boxes” and divided them into three different dining experience areas. The design of the box adopts the traditional layout of Washitsu, which makes the separated space more able to create a soft and fuzzy atmosphere and create a bright and private space environment.
▼包厢则采用了传统日本和室（Washitsu）的做法，用于三种不同的用餐体验，the design of the box adopts the traditional layout of Washitsu © 汪敏杰
Natural-textured interior decoration
We can always find the use of natural elements such as stone, paper and wood in Japanese architectural space, which perfectly expounds the unique flavor of oriental aesthetics, such as silence, clarity and seclusion. Although people live indoors, they can clearly see the integration of natural elements in the interior, which is also revealed in the design of backtracking. Itamae is a stage for sushi chefs to show their cooking art. In this part of the design, the curved ceiling constructed in the space gradually inclines like the front of the board, and the light beam falls on the hands of sushi chefs. Under the action of illumination, the edge of the natural jade behind them is glimmering, which is very pure without any impurities.
▼公共用餐空间，public dining area © 汪敏杰
▼弧形天花逐渐向板前处倾斜，the curved ceiling constructed in the space gradually inclines like the front of the board © 汪敏杰
▼墙面细部，details of the facade © 汪敏杰
In addition to the unique shape of the screen, the designer also made some research on its material. He used pulp technology to make the surface of the screen form a special texture, which brought more possibilities for sustainable art research. Moreover, say replaced the industrial glue with homemade rice paste glue, and combined it with shredded paper for debugging, so that the screen itself can exude a faint rice fragrance, which gives people a feeling of “returning to Pu” from the five senses.
▼和式包厢，Japanese style private room © 汪敏杰
The ingenuity reflected in the details of space
Designers also show awe of Japanese ingenuity in creating details in space. Japanese traditional tenon technology is used in the bar of cashier area, and hanamichi and shoukei in each space are skillfully created, all of which ensure the complete aesthetic feeling and elegant artistic conception of space.
▼走廊，hallway © 汪敏杰
▼用餐区细部，details of the dining area © 汪敏杰
In addition, the designer arranged different levels of Japanese dry scenery at the end of the aisle, and adopted different forms of floral art in several dining spaces, aiming at pursuing harmonious and unified artistic conception through freehand brushwork such as lines, colors, shapes and textures.
different levels of Japanese dry scenery at the end of the aisle © 汪敏杰
Soseki does not catch diner’s eyes via flashy visual effects, but only offers diners a calm, meticulous and natural description of elegant and quiet space. Beneath its minimalist interior, Soseki always pay attention to traditional aesthetics and the design concept of detail depiction.
▼细部，details © 汪敏杰
▼材料细部，material details © 汪敏杰
▼材料实验，material testing © say architects
▼项目材料，material of the project © say architects
▼手绘立面图，hand-drawing elevation © say architects
Soseki Japanese Cuisine
Project status: Completed
Item Type: Catering
Design company: say architects
Partner in charge : Zhang Yan, Shan Jianan
Team: Fan Yawen (Project Supervisor), Chen Xinying, Ye Jin, Hang Sheng
Space Photography: Wang Minjie
Construction team: Wenzhou Huasheng Industrial Co., Ltd.
Lighting design: Hangzhou Light Trace Lighting Design Co., Ltd.