Uchi Lounge 01 / Facet Studio

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Text description provided by the architects. Within boundless darkness there floats a weightless light.

Uchi Lounge 01 / Facet Studio - Image 2 of 7
© Andrew Chung

“I want to make this restaurant a conceptual space, where people appreciate, then consume, Japanese cuisine,” said the owner of Uchi Lounge.  Looking at it independent of the cuisine provided by the restaurant, so called “conceptual space”, is a way to view the world without reference to solidity.  However, an architectural space without solidity does not exist.  There we considered, perhaps a “conceptual restaurant space” is where it enables people to simply concentrate on the act of food appreciation.

Uchi Lounge 01 / Facet Studio - Chair
© Andrew Chung

A 13m long ribbon of light floating in the space with no structural support in its length.  A massive 8.4m x 1.6m concrete table firmly established at the centre of the space.  By structuring the space with measures unimaginable in normal restaurants, people are overwhelmed by the unusual scale, hence paralysed about the scale reference within Uchi Lounge.  The walls and ceiling painted in a boundless black seem to continue into eternity – it is as though the ceiling does not exist, only the weightless plane of light is hovering above.  “Space” becomes an abstract concept as common references fail, and at this point in time, the cuisine on the table, in front of the eyes, is the only reality; the act of food appreciation, is where one concentrates all senses.

Uchi Lounge 01 / Facet Studio - Sink, Countertop
© Katherine Lu

Information about the restaurant space disappears into background; only the food on the tongue is taking the centre stage in one’s mind.  We believe a space of such abstraction is appropriate for appreciating the delicacy in Japanese cuisine.


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Cite: "Uchi Lounge 01 / Facet Studio" 12 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/261344/uchi-lounge-01-facet-studio> ISSN 0719-8884

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