The Dream Dairy Farm Restaurant was designed by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects as a restaurant built on a farm surrounded by a verdant forest.
The menu is comprised of dishes that all contain dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt, made from fresh milk produced on-site at the dairy farm. Moriyuki Ochiai were commissioned to provide a space to attractively showcase this menu by evoking the imagery associated with the power of fresh ingredients, and the natural setting of the forest surrounding the farm on which these products are made.
The three-dimensional white lattice nesting above the beams of the existing wooden structure indicates a forest canopy that brings together the old and the contemporary.
The ceiling is composed of a space peering through a larger wooden frame, and layers of glossy translucent resin boards were fitted on certain surfaces to produce a luminous area, providing subdued lighting to the entire space.
This layered structure is perceived differently depending on the diners’ relative position and line of sight at any given time. Moreover, the light reflected off and penetrating the resin boards all come together to produce intricate and constantly evolving patterns.
As the light from one structure beckons and resonates with the light from the next, individual shards of light gather into sheaves of light that dart through the space, or into splashes of light that escape onto the dining area gushing like the flow of a river.
Whether this transmutation of light occurs in a dynamic or subtle manner, the resulting expressions offer an ever-changing shower of light that can be fully experienced depending on where one is standing.
By applying a special paint echoing the texture of plain soil found on the farm to the walls of the restaurant and matching these with the natural warmth of timber, we aimed to create a warm and intimate atmosphere. Interestingly, the shape of pendant lighting hanging at regular intervals appear to depict drops of milk dripping from the canopy while imparting a light rhythm to the space.
While the rough grain motif of the counter can be interpreted as a thundering waterfall, the columns’ wooden accents conferred by a special paint lend the space the energy of living trees.
By superimposing time and space and bridging the old and the new, the repeated entwinement of lattice and light offers a mystic illumination and the spatial experience of penetrating into a deep forest.
Thus, we have created a space in which the restaurant’s patrons can enjoy a meal made using fresh dairy products while being immersed in an atmosphere brimming with the vitality of a forest of vibrant light and lattice.
Images © Atsushi Ishida