With a nod the unobtrusive yet exacting design Japan is known for, Via Pace by Japanese studio CASE-REAL, is a temple to food and simplicity. The brass and glass facade echoes the shoji screens of traditional Japanese homes and frames the entrance of this bunker like restaurant. Ambient lighting softens the strong concrete walls while the honey-coloured timber flooring is laid at angle to the building to draw out the eye along the thin, narrow site. The timber furniture serves its functional purpose without fanfare, but does highlight CASE-REAL’s devotions to quality and detail. Tucked away under a flight of stairs and drawing little attention to itself, CASE-REAL have shown in Via Pace how to deliver a stunning and simple space in a neat little box.
Story by Brendan Guy. To see more by CASE-REAL images are credited to Hiroshi Mizusaki