Mukashi Banashi

Urawa, Japan

Located on the third floor in front of the Fushimino train station in Saitama, this project involved two parts: a Japanese pub and the ‘Big Wave’ karaoke box. The pub, was designed to reflect the early Showa period of Japan. Period pieces of graphic art and original artwork were used for decor. The program requirements for this project were complex. Since there was single owner for both venues, there was a desire to get the most of a limited space. Programmatically, this was achieved by creating a shared kitchen. In doing this the owner was able to meet the goals of providing food service for both venues at the same time. The design created a way for maximizing the revenue stream given the limited allowable space.