A dark, two-storey, minimalist concrete structure in the Itaim Bibi district of São Paulo houses Osaka, a restaurant designed by Buenos Aires based AGCH Arquitectos.
“The eating experience in restaurants as a multi-sensorial process is the basic inspiration to approach the design.” says architect Ariel Chemi. “Osaka restaurant in São Paulo, is the consequence of a challenge: the perfect mix between the Nikkei food style (Peruvian-Japanese mix) and the Brazilian tropical-funny-musical culture atmosphere.”
“Osaka proudly shows its architecture and food, offering an intimate and cozy ambience in its different spaces. The outdoor terrace next to the street is the entrance door to a modern courtyard, a connection between interior, exterior and nature.”
“Inside the main space, a huge hanging ‘nest’ lighting element (OSKNEST by AGCH design), connects both restaurant levels, providing at the same time an appropriate spatial scale to the lower.”
“A lamella roof system with lighting, and wood latticework were carefully studied in order to complete the harmonizing interior design, and generate the different ambiences in the same restaurant, in a natural way.”
“The sophisticated aesthetic was materialized with the use of natural elements such as wood, stones, iron and textiles.”
General Design: Ariel Chemi architect – AGCH arquitectos
Local architect in SP (leading construction): Carina Korman architect – KORMAN arquitetos
Collaborators: Alejandro Saraví arch., Jimena Saraví arch., María González (3D)
Location: Itaim Bibi neighbor, in Sao Paulo – Brazil.
Construction: Oct 2012- March 2013
Area : 540 sq meters