| 10 : 30 – 16 October 2018 |
Kaikaya, a sushi restaurant in Valencia, designed by Masquespacio is a fusion of tropical elements from Japan and Brazil.
Born out of the owner’s dream to open a sushi restaurant in her native city, Kaikaya restaurant with an eclectic style is located in the center of Valencia city. Maintaining the existing brick walls, the architects added a splash of colours and decor elements representing the tropical Brazilian culture. Arched vaults, wood, raffia, colorful mosaic tiles, custom designed lamps and plants add to the culinary experience.
Colorful glazed tiles for seat base
From the Architects –
A year ago Mireia contacted Masquespacio. Valencian, almost converted in Brazilian and passionate surfer, had the dream to open first tropical sushi restaurant in her native city. This way Kaikaya was born, a project clearly inspired by Mireia’s lifestyle and that mixes elements from Japan and Brazilian tropicalismo.
Tropical decor elements spread across the restaurant
In the beginning of the 20th century, Japanese arrived to Brazil with aim to work in the coffee plantations. Although, the Japanese nutrition was totally different to the Brazilian for which they were obliged to adapt to the local ingredients. Seeking their own flavors, a new nikkei Nipo-Brazilian gastronomy flourished with a strong identity. After more than one century with its unique flavors and fusions, this identity reached international fame.
Custom designed lamps across the bar
Fusion = Brazil + Japan
Kaikaya, is the result of this history, bringing the fusion of traditional and methodic Japan with tropical, exotic, contemporary Brazil to the center of Valencia. A representation showed both through its kitchen as well as through its design as described afterwards.
Arched brick vaults form the ceiling
Starting from an emblematic venue with vaults, metallic beams and original bricks the first conclusion for the aesthetics was to maintain the existing elements in its actual state, highlighting the beauty of its imperfections left by time.
Tropical plants incorporated in decor
Floor plans – Ground and first floor
Above, the design needed to contain a strong splash of color, together with an eclectic style that could mix the 2 concepts of Japan + Brazil without being conventional. Thereby, in first case we can recognize the use of materials that remind to Japan like wood and raffia, together with elements that bring in the tropicalismo from the samba country with its colorful patterns made of mosaic tiles, parrots and an overwhelming incorporation of plants.
Immediately after entering the restaurant, you can acknowledge the raffia circles that represent the hats used during the rice collection in the country of the rising sun. They are merged in an explosive way with the colorful mosaic tiles and tropical plants.
Upon reaching the bar, we encounter mix between Japan and Brazil through traditional Japanese wooden pattern on bar and colored patterns inspired by Brazilian 70’s. Also, here we can find parrot lamps with a palm leaf and other decorative lamps specifically designed for the project.
Bar seating arrangement
Wooden pattern on bar counter surface
On upper floor, one can find a combination of original heritage from the space, fusioned with tropical and Japanese elements. A look that clearly can be recognized through round seating corners which are half inspired each by Brazil and Japan.
Seating on the upper floor
Banquette seating on first floor
Private dining space on upper floor
Project details –
Project Name – Kaikaya restaurant
Architect firm – Masquespacio
Project location – Plaza del Ayuntamiento 10, 46002 Valencia, Spain
Built up – 125 sq. mt.
Client – Kaikaya
Completion year – 2017
Photographs – © Luis Beltran | www.luisbeltran.eu
Contractor – H2GO
Products/Materials used –
Decorative lighting, tables and stools – Designed by Masquespacio, local production
Technical Lighting – Onok Lighting
Fridges – Muñoz Bosch
Tiles – Hisbalit
Armchairs – Sancal