In Paris next to Montparnasse Tower, recently was opened a new restaurant called Le Clos Y. Dai Sugasawa Agency has been commissioned by Japanese chefs Isao Kuroiwa and Yoshitaka Ikeda in order to design their first european venue.
Le Clos Y offers a fusion gastronomy that dwells in a traditional and contemporary repertoire, where French and Japanese cuisines overlap. So the main task for the architects was to create a clean and quiet canvas for the chefs’ creations and also integrate Asian tradition to a contemporary environment.
By giving the architecture of the restaurant a temporal and cultural plurality, Dai Sugasawa wanted to fulfill the roots and passion inhabited by the chefs. Traditional Japanese materials combined to pure geometric volumes speak in a play of light, texture and tensed lines.
Crossing almost the entire space of the restaurant from its 11 meter length, lays a monolithic Japanese cherrywood counter directly imported from Japan. It remains the main tasting element in Japan, no surprises it takes great importance in the creative process of the space. The two main walls of the restaurant confront and balance themselves in order to delimit the space occupied by the counter. On one side raises a wood cladding which surface has been burned following Japan’s purest traditions. On the other side, a dissymmetric tailored tile layout made of stone divides the whole partition.
At the back of the seating section, a white wall erects and cut a main volume in order to define a convivial space. Open on the rest of the room and liven up with a right angle dormer, this volumes ensures a certain privacy.
The restrooms alone have been a long thinking process. For this section of the restaurant, Dai Sugasawa Agency has decided to explore a « discovery » phenemenon when one visits for the first time the restaurant’s restrooms. The client firsts enter a dark hall while being welcomed by a rabbit lamp. Then, he faces a tiny door before entering an atypic room full of surprises.
The most striking thing in this project is how such a unique cuisine was integrated into a modern Euorpean background. Le Clos Y and Dai Sugasawa invite you to discover the union between fine cuisine and fine interior architecture, an well balanced recipe providing a unique experience.
Architects: Dai Sugasawa
Client: Le Clos Y
Location: 27 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris, France
Project Year: 2014
Area: 100 m2
Photographs: Antoine DUHAMEL