Restaurant at Greenville / DSA+s

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Architects: DSA+s
Location: Tanjung Duren Utara, Jakarta,
Principal in Charge: Suwardana Winata
Design Team: Susan Soetanto, Robby Soetanto
Client: Yeye (Ichibanya Japanese Noodle House)
Contractor: PT. Panca Putra Mandiri
Site Area: 648.7 sqm
Project Area: 148 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2010
Photographs: Courtesy of DSA+s

The owner of this restaurant was dreamed of having an outdoor Japanese Noodle restaurant. But he realized that it is not usual, and for preventing a great loss, he commissioned us to design an outdoor and temporary restaurant that hopefully would be easily to be built/assembled and also easily to be disassembled. Those requests directly inspired us to take as our main material for the restaurant. And we planned to use for the whole building structure and building skin. But what kind of , and how would it looks like? We started to think about what is the basic function of a building? For us, it is basically for protection. Protect us from sun, wind, rain, etc. Does it sound like the function of umbrella also?

roof plans 01
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The form of restaurant basically was inspired by an umbrella. But we want to make a “giant” and an “unusual“ umbrella. The “giant” form would be functioned as a “shelter”. A group of “shelter” then become a “building”, which hopefully could protect the restaurant guest from sun, wind, and rain. We make the “giant” bamboo umbrella in different size (the width and the height) for arranging the “giant” umbrella in such a way that each “umbrella” could overlap each other to become a “giant” roof.

© Courtesy of DSA+s
© Courtesy of DSA+s

The “giant” roof functioned as a shelter and also as a gutter for rain. The rain water is directly distributed to the ground via a pipe in the middle of the structure, which is wrapped by Bamboo. Bamboo is a strong material and with a minor modification, we can directly create a great and beautiful structure.

© Courtesy of DSA+s
© Courtesy of DSA+s

The structure is tied up by a rope called “ijuk”. Each roof is supported independently by four bamboos, which is tied up with cross beam, also by bamboo, to create one big column. The bamboo was standing on the concrete foundation that came out from ground to prevent from water. We created a wide and also high roof for allowing wind flows freely through the restaurant. The roof cover also made from bamboo, which is assembled with coupling system. The system is used for preventing water dripping, and for protecting cracking which usually happened when bamboo is being exposed directly to the sun.

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Cite: "Restaurant at Greenville / DSA+s" 30 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Sep 2014. <>


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    Interesting use of bambo as a building material. Is it possible to get high resolution images of this projecs for possible article in local architectural magazine?

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      Thank you for interesting to our project. May I know what local architectural magazine ? What country ?

      Looking forward to hear from you soon. Thank you

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        The name of our magazine is Umran Magazine. It is published in Saudi Arabia, in Arabic and widely read in the Arabian Gulf | Near East Arae. You can get a glimpse of it by visiting our site which is still under construction. I can send you pdf files of some of the latest articles, as our site has not been updated lately.
        Take care.

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        Hello Suwardana and Mohammed, I am Gianmarco, an architecture student from Rome and I am studying this project. I tried to get in contact with the architects but I had no answer. Did you manage to get some high resolution images and some 1:20 details of the project? It would be a considerable help. Looking forward to hear from you soon. Thank you in advance.

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    living nearby, i’ve been to the restaurant for a late dinner, and i must admit, the architecture really made an impression at me.

    the simplicity and beautiful design is the perfect solution for creating a cozy and airy space, while the garden at the back compliment the “balinese” feel to the pond upfront.

    I won’t say i get a Japanese ambiance from this place, hence the main menu, but it sure is a nice relaxing spot to just hang out with friends.

    if one day the owner wants to change concept, then coffee shop with jazz music will be a great bet. though of course, mosquito repellent will be handy to have :)

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    i passed this restaurant so many times and it always caught my eyes… to be honest i dont expect to see something like this in Tanjung Duren… maybe i should pay a visit sometime in the evening (looks so much better with artificial light)

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    bamboo is the tree of my country,viet nam.^^.i will buitl bamboo house in my country.this house is very beutifull

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    Hi there, I love this. Absolutely Great. Can something similar can be done here in India as well. Please update me if you dont mind.

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