For Japanese restaurant and bar HANA (meaning flower), Moriyuki Ochiai Architects were inspired by Japanese designs that derive from one continuous sheet of material. Origami, for example, lends itself to a variety of shapes in paper. The kimono, is constructed from one length of fabric. And the Furoshiki is a cloth that can wrap and carry different objects.

With these resourceful examples in mind,  a ceiling design for HANA emerged for a single planar surface of aluminium that could be folded and shaped to give a unique three-dimensional landscape. The lustrous metal carries reflections from lights and mirrors.

Photos by Tetsu Hiraga.