Ta-ke, Hong Kong

Designed by: Steve Leung, Kengo Kuma
For client: 1957 & Co. (Hospitality) Limited, Hong Kong Floor area: 594.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
Submitted for: Restaurant of the Year


Public Score
4.58
4.82 Function
4.38 Innovation
4.55 Creativity
1  Ta Ke Restaurant Hong Kong Dining Area Nika Nawa
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1. Ta-ke_Restaurant_Hong Kong_Dining Area (NIKA NAWA)

About the Project

Conceived by the inspiring collaboration with acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and renowned lighting designer Tino Kwan, Ta-ke is a sophisticated Japanese restaurant for high-end clientele located in the vibrant city of Hong Kong.

Following client’s request to explore new ideas for the creation of a traditional Japanese restaurant, time and its intimate bond with nature were chosen as the main themes for the interior of Ta-ke: the design team aimed at connecting diners and nature within the constructed environment, bringing the idea of the outdoor space into the building.

In order to tactfully integrate the outdoor with the interior space and connect guests with natural elements, the designers took inspiration from the courtyards of Japan in the 17th century, reimagining the traditional structure in a contemporary approach with a sophisticated use of various natural elements, such as bamboo, wood and adobe.

Ta-ke consists of five distinct zones, each of which corresponds to a particular part of a traditional Japanese courtyard; various forms of bamboo are used to distinguish the zones through the guest’s journey. Together with customised lighting design that emits a soft glow, the natural quality of the bamboo creates a mesmerising rhythmic visual effect, enhancing the ambience of the space.

What’s unique about it

Functionality:
Various forms of bamboo are used to distinguish the five zones of Ta-ke, crafting a biophilic ambience. They achieve the designers’ vision in connecting people with nature.

Innovation:
The extensive use of bamboo led to a meticulous research towards the most suitable bamboo types and installation method. A detailed planning between the Japanese and Hong Kong designers also played a significant role to successfully implement the design concept.

Artistic merit:
Ta-ke perfectly depicts the ancient aesthetics of "Wabi-sabi" set in a modern environment: the essence of traditional Japanese courtyards is captured through a modern approach. The designers also created a bridge between the Japanese and Chinese cultures through the contemporary reinterpretation of bamboo, which always played a crucial role in both cultures.

Sustainability:
Natural materials included bamboo, wood and adobe are widely used to highlight the beauty of nature. Bamboo is a great example of a rapidly renewable resource due to its fast growth rate, which also makes it an eco-friendly material.

Social impact:
Ta-ke celebrates the connection between space, people and nature, through appreciating the beauty of traditional structures and reviving it in a contemporary way adapted to the modern society. In bustling cities like Hong Kong, guests at Ta-ke are encouraged to recall the need for tranquil moments and how wonderful it is to interact with nature and people around you.

2  Ta Ke Restaurant Hong Kong Entrance
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3  Ta Ke Restaurant Hong Kong Dining Hall Niwa
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3. Ta-ke_Restaurant_Hong Kong_Dining Hall (NIWA)

4  Ta Ke Restaurant Hong Kong Entrance
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5  Ta Ke Restaurant Hong Kong Dining Hall Niwa
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5. Ta-ke_Restaurant_Hong Kong_Dining Hall (NIWA)

6  Ta Ke Restaurant Hong Kong Dining Hall Niwa
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6. Ta-ke_Restaurant_Hong Kong_Dining Hall (NIWA)

7  Ta Ke Restaurant Hong Kong Semi Private Vip Dining Area Engawa 1
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7. Ta-ke_Restaurant_Hong Kong_Semi-private VIP Dining Area (ENGAWA)

8  Ta Ke Restaurant Hong Kong Dining Area Nika Nawa
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8. Ta-ke_Restaurant_Hong Kong_Dining Area (NIKA NAWA)

9  Ta Ke Restaurant Hong Kong Vip Shushi Bar Oku
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9. Ta-ke_Restaurant_Hong Kong_VIP Shushi Bar (OKU)

10  Ta Ke Restaurant Hong Kong Floorplan

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Credits:
Steve Leung Design Group

Kengo Kuma and Associates

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