Ryu - Meat Packing District : Practice LLC

Ryu was designed to provide an intimate environment for dining and drinking. Taking its cue from Japanese film noir of the 1950s, the space provides a series of contrasts; light and dark, raw and polished, intimate and open. The existing warehouse space is left in its raw state, with rough brick walls and exposed concrete floors. A series of refined metal and upholstered booths occupy one side of the space, their high backs providing intimate hideouts for small parties . The bar area provides an open counterpoint to the private booths. Low-hanging lighting keeps the focus intimate and localized. At the rear of the restaurant a completely upholstered room provides a warmly-lit and semi-private room for private functions, its glow acting as a lantern for the entire space. A variety of patterns, drawn from Yakuza tattoo art and Tokyo Massage Parlor environments, appear throughout the space, on wall surfaces, wall niches, and window shutters.

Project completed in 2012.

Scroll right for images.