To give our audience eyes and ears into the live judging sessions that took place at Frame Awards 2020, we're sharing coverage of the insightful jury conversations that decided the winning projects. Below, we celebrate the recipient of the award for Restaurant of the Year: Sushi Yoshii by DDAA. Find the full collection of reports in our newly released May/June 2020 issue, Frame 134.
Tokyo – The deliberations for Restaurant of the Year were longer than anticipated, but not because the jury members couldn’t make up their minds. Quite the contrary: they simply could not stop talking about how much they loved Sushi Yoshii by DDAA.
The project recalls the makeshift temporary food stalls where sushi was originally served to a limited number of customers who could witness the chef’s preparations at close range. The architects took design cues from the previous Sushi Yoshii restaurant, according to a concept that they describe as renga, or ‘linked-verse poetry’. They turned preparing sushi into a theatrical performance, or, as Baranowitz + Kronenberg cofounder Irene Kronenberg described it: ‘Sushi Yoshii is an art installation – a ritual almost.’
The precision and personality of the restaurant were lauded across the board. Peter Bundgaard Rützou of Space Copenhagen highlighted the material consciousness, with the juxtaposition of roughly cut matte stone and shiny copper-plated scaffolding elements reflective of the product being prepared and served by the chef.