Michael Hsu completes cosy Japanese restaurant Uchiko Houston

Hearths found in Japanese farmhouses informed the interiors of this restaurant in Houston, designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture.

Michael Hsu Office of Architecture used chunky timber batons to create a deep partition that frames the tiled reception area, creating the impression of a central hearth.

A wooden lattice frames the entrance to Uchiko Houston

“Inspired by the central hearth of Japanese farmhouses, Uchiko presents a sense of intimacy with a central focal point, which feels both old and new,” said the studio.

“The rough material is manipulated in a refined manner to create an unexpected arrival experience.”

Warm-toned materials create a cosy atmosphere in the dining rooms

The studio

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