Imagine an Asian restaurant inside a construction site at any chapel. Imagine walking down the central isle looking at an alter in the making as you appreciate the support of the metal columns and arches alongside and above you. Imagine the stain glass on the sides streaming in the sunlight and imagine hand-painted murals on walls. Walk into Misu. Stop imagining.
▼从餐厅入口看整个空间，viewing from the entrance of the restaurant ©Gokul Rao Kadam
And see the contemporary and edgy interpretation of a restaurant inside a church with classical and colonial western elements meeting fine and minimal Japanese shapes in a beautiful and mesmerising confluence of glamour and grunge. Indirect lighting softly illuminates the mesh arches and hand painted walls to create an intimate atmosphere at night.
▼餐厅的中央走廊，柔和的间接照明照亮了由金属线网构成的拱门，the central passage of the restaurant, indirect lighting softly illuminates the mesh arches
▼中央走廊两侧的金属线网拱门和餐厅入口的彩色玻璃门，the mesh arches at two sides of the central passage and the stain glass entrance door
▼天花板下方由金属线网构成的拱，the mesh arches under the ceiling
Because of its intentional unfinished and work-in-progress sensibility, patrons feel the need to come back to see the progress. Misu 2.0 is a fusion of concept and materials, a wonderful evolution from its predecessor. When we saw the site, an old building with arches, we knew at once we wanted to take some of the structural remnants inside as well. Since this was the second Misu we were designing, we also wanted it to have a bit of familiarity from the first one for brand recall. So we laid out some ground rules – we would bring back all our deep colours of blue, green and mustard and crimson, and use copper in some way as the first Misu too had in in abundance. And of course, the client maintained that he would like a face of sorts to be present as that worked in the first restaurant.
▼用餐空间局部，使用了深蓝、绿、深黄和深红等颜色，partial view of the dining area with deep colours of blue, green and mustard and crimson ©Gokul Rao Kadam
It stays to a trend that Asian restaurant often have an Asian face that is larger than life. But also it breaks away by the way the face is done. It is abstract using lines and shapes. The setting itself breaks away from the trend that Asian restaurant have to look typically “Asian” with elements like bamboo, greenery, cane, and natural materials, Asian symbolism and typography. When you see an Asian restaurant, usually you can spot it from a mile away. With this, we used Roman church elements like stain glass, wall painting and a central isle to create a counterintuitive feel for an Asian restaurant.
▼用餐空间局部，一个打破陈规的亚洲餐厅空间，partial view of the dining area that creates a counterintuitive feel for an Asian restaurant