RESTAURANT DESIGN: URBAN INTERIORITES BY ALI RAHIM, TIFFANY DAHLEN, AND VIRGINIA MELNYK
Sometimes, a building so over-the-top, so extravagant, and so lavish in its design simply just blows your mind and everything around it out of the water. Urban Interiorites is just that, and much more. Opulence is the key word for Urban Interiorites, a striking restaurant, sake bar, and lounge located along the famed Tokyo shopping strip Omotesando in the hip and trendy Harajuku neighborhood.
Designed as a student project at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, the cutting-edge façade and interiors for Urban Interiorites were conceptualized and realized by the school’s professor Ali Rahim, his partner Tiffany Dahien, and Virginia Melnyk.
Immediately noticeable from the street (it’s obviously hard to miss) is the building’s texturized exterior, which is made up of diamonds and amoeba shapes that resemble cells and budding flowers. Featuring patterns that vary in sizes, the modern architecture of the façade has an organic appeal—it almost feels as if the building is breathing—that gives it an almost ethereal presence.
Upon entering the building, one inevitable feels as if they’ve been swallowed by some awe-inspiring creature and are standing amid its cavernous interiors. The white structural frame holds up the interior design within, which continues the budding floral aesthetic throughout, from the restaurant to the pillow-padded lounges.
Nonetheless, the wide-open layout and opulent interiors of Urban Interiorites without a doubt captures the imagination of any passersby immediately. The building pushes boundaries and challenges viewers to become completely immersed within the restaurant’s impressive environment where shapes and structural forms appear both novel and familiar to the eye at the same time.
The colors focus predominantly on gold and varying shades of purple and pink, which add to the interiors’ tantalizing effects. These vivid hues reiterate the exterior floral motifs and the concept of budding flowers. Walking through the space is certainly a stimulating and mind-opening experience. Just try not to get lost.