Morimoto NYC. New York. Tadao Ando. 2006
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The Japanese architect intentionally kept the new separate from the old, making the restaurant clearly recognisable from outside. The 3,000 square metre interior where the embarcadero was once located has been divided up with panels and passageways primarily made using wood and glass.The main dining room and the sushi bar are surrounded and enclosed by an unusual white fibreglass wrapper, which also wraps around the staircase to the lounge-bar on the lower level.
But the most surprising thing about the project is a wall made of 17,400 glass bottles that seems to descend from the ceiling like a waterfall. The effect created by reflections on the wall is made even clearer and more evocative by a series of LEDs inside them. The atmosphere is given a soft, padded feel not only by the effects of light and shadow but by the milk-white furnishings, the soft curtains and the Japanese wallpaper on one of the walls.
All these solutions are intended to add dynamism to the restaurant's internal layout, which would otherwise have been too square and regular, and characterise the environment with formal solutions that make the restaurant instantly recognisable.Thus Morimoto NYC establishes its own personality even while retaining an elegant, discrete image.
Laura Della Badia