Izumi Charlottenlund by Pan- Projects + mok architects is an interior renovation project for a restaurant locates in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Izumi is a chain restaurant serving Nordic twisted Japanese cuisines that hold several restaurants around greater Copenhagen. Due to the need for rebranding, Pan- Projects, an architectural design studio led by Japanese architect duo based in London, was assigned to design a spatial identity which interior expresses the concept of the restaurant.

As a response, the team translated Izumi’s manifesto of “Nordic twisted Japanese” culture into its spatial experience.

Izumi Charlottenlund by Pan- Projects + mok architects

Japan and Scandinavia have a rich history of cultural interactions. Especially in a field of design, there are many examples that are rooted originally in Japanese culture yet developed uniquely in the land of the Nordic region. Pan- Projects designed with the inspiration of its characteristic trend of Scandinavia and Japan in which the studio found a great potential to represent Izumi Restaurant concept.

As a design strategy, they adopted Japanese spatial characters to the Scandinavian context while manipulating various Japanese-influenced Nordic elements: aiming to fabricate a new standard of Japan-Scandinavian design interactions.

Izumi Charlottenlund by Pan- Projects + mok architects

Above the table area, are easily recognizable the Akari Lights designed by the Japanese-American artist and designer Isamu Noguchi for Vitra. Other lightings are supplied by Danish firm Antidark.

Izumi Charlottenlund by Pan- Projects + mok architects

The curved wood panels covering an iconic show kitchen is developed based on the concept to represent an interior identity of the Izumi Charlottenlund by Pan- Projects.

Izumi Charlottenlund by Pan- Projects + mok architects

The panels module system is derived from a Japanese traditional wood dimension system which reflects the spatial module units rooted in Japanese tatami format. On the other hand, the panels are made of Scandinavian oak which is a common material for Nordic wood crafts.

On top of that, the panels draw slight curves with inspiration from steam-bent Scandinavian furniture custom made designed by Pan- Projects & mok architects. As a result of those manipulations, the architecture achieved a unique mixture of Scandinavian and Japanese vibe, telling a story of Izumi Charlottenlund through its space.

Izumi Charlottenlund by Pan- Projects + mok architects

The Danish-Japanese architecture firm aimed to create a new way of design interactions between Scandinavia and Japan by exploring both cultures deeply and expressed it with a modest touch.

Courtesy: Pan- Projects
Photography: Yuta Sawamura
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