Newcastle, Australia – ‘If you give people a nicely finished space, they’re more likely to take care of it,’ says Ben Berwick, director of Newcastle-based architecture studio Prevalent. ‘That said, in the end, the white surfaces will age, though in the way a Tokyo metro station does: clean and well-kept, yet with signs that someone has been here before you.’
Berwick is referring to the design of Susuru Ramen and Gyoza Bar, a restaurant that allowed Prevalent to experiment with a fresh, unexpected approach. Situated in a red-brick building from 1906, Susuru manifests its presence on the street with an all-white façade, while large openings offer passersby a peak into its unusual interior.
Tasked with designing a restaurant that would introduce a new, foreign cuisine to the local scene, Prevalent architects took the opportunity to experiment with an equally fresh, unexpected approach in the restaurant’s design. Pairing the white epoxy floor and white-powder-coated furniture with a yellow layer of oversized blocks on the restaurant’s walls, the architects recreated an oversized version of the white-and-yellow-tiled platforms and corridors found in Tokyo metro stations.