Interior Design：STUDIO/ WU INTERIOR
Description from architect STUDIO/ WU INTERIOR
This is an izakaya located amidst the bustling lanes and alleys of Taipei. It is not dazzling in terms of decoration, with only a white iron plate for its façade. Taking advantage of the material characteristics of iron, the izakaya has been weathered with baptism of the years to create a rusty and mottled natural appearance. Under the warm light, it builds a symbol of fine food serving in the nighttime.
“Santora Izakaya” is a joint venture by three young entrepreneurs. “Santora” suggests three tigers in Japanese. We adopt exactly this as the very concept of overall design and decorate the main interior walls with traditional Japanese realistic painting art style. By means of artistic graffiti that integrates the modern techniques to express the traditional ink-and-wash skills, we vividly depict the extraordinary momentum of the three-partner collaboration. The huge-area floor-to-ceiling glass virtually attracts the passers-by into utmost attention, virtually demonstrating the very brand image “as vigorously awesome as fierce tigers”.
A majority of the materials inside Santora Izakaya are processed and reformulated using the original materials of the one restaurant. The entrance door frames are upgraded by using old iron parts into a brand new look through an overturn in the designs into a very unique style. In addition, we have, as well, broken through the traditional typical Japanese designs. The outer pillars are covered with modernized iron plates and the outer walls are built with traditional elements, e.g., logs, hemp ropes and sake barrels. Through combination of varied materials, old and new, we successfully embody the conflicts and harmony between traditions and modernity. We even adopt a tiger’s tail into the very image and elaborately paint the iron pipes in the ceiling yellow. Customers will naturally be guided with such yellow iron pipes into the toilets. Besides, the metallic handles of the shelves with use of the beer barrel seats as well as “Santora” logos branded onto the floors and other details hidden in the restaurant vividly intertwine the very design concept of “tradition”, “fusion” and “rebirth”.
We faithfully inherit the very “bar culture” of Japan and, in turn, precisely calculate and upgrade the distance between the height of the L-shaped guest-seats-island and the X&Y axis of the kitchen. Thanks to such an elaborate design, not only can guests on the bar stay shoulder to shoulder and quickly shorten the distance among one another, the bar customers and the kitchen chefs can interact in a lighthearted and unconstraint manner to achieve a zero-distance real warmth amidst such a unique design.
For the outer walls of the building, we adopt transparent glass instead of enclosed solid walls and retract inward to expand the outdoor platforms. The visual perspective makes the inside and the outside form a series of fields which introduces not only light and street scenes but, as well, creates the level atmosphere of shadow activities among the window scenes.