The project for the Nozomi Sushi Bar undertaken in Valencia by the creative consultancy Masquespacio consists in the image design and interior design of the new sushi restaurant owned by José Miguel Herrera and Nuria Morell, who are lovers of Japanese culture and specialists in authentic traditional sushi.
The name Nozomi, chosen by the project’s founders, is that of a ‘Japanese high-speed bullet train’ and also means ‘dream fulfilled’, two meanings that create a duality that is continuously present in the project.
The interior design for this 233-m2 establishment plays in a more than significant way with the expressed duality. On one hand, contemporary and rational through the pure state of the concrete and the grey hues present in the more structural parts such as walls, ceilings and floors, and on the other the emotional classic introduced in the joinery, the manual finishes and the warmth of the natural wood used.
The first sight when entering the restaurant is a central cube creating two corridors leading to the central room in a continuous, open flow that is very typical of the architecture of this oriental country. On a more formal design level, we can see how the street of a Japanese village has been reinterpreted, represented through different modules that translate, among others, into a market, a pharmacy, doors and windows. The roofs, in turn, interpret the most contemporary and rational part, with a clearly Japanese-like gradient.
Lastly, in the private zone a space is generated that allows it to be screened off to obtain greater privacy without entirely isolating the diners from the spectacle projected below and maintaining the play of shadows generated by the lighting, which is also inspired in the most minimalist Japan and highlights the irregular and unique joinery.