A restaurant specializing in Japanese fishcakes is a study in lines: peripheral, criss-crossing, horizontal and vertical.

The tunnel-like space is defined by a louvered ceiling covered with parallel wooden panels. The effect is an rhythmic pattern that’s visually pleasing. A slight peak at the roof’s centre creates a chalet-like aesthetic; designer Aiji Inoue of Doyle Collection Co. says this repetition also works to lead visitors deeper into the space.

Warm lighting creates a sense of glow from within the shop, sure to attract passers-by in the popular Tonmonkan sightseeing district of Kagoshima, Japan.  

Photos courtesy Satoru Umetsu | Nacasa&Partners.

15-4, Sennichi-cho
Kagoshima, Japan