words Douglas MurphyTakeshi Hosaka has built a noodle restaurant at the foothills of Mount Fuji. Part cave, part igloo, part snowy hillside, the building is an irregularly shaped shell constructed in reinforced concrete, with large arched openings on all sides.
The Hoto Fudo noodle restaurant is designed to be as open as possible to the elements – there is no air-conditioning, the acrylic doors are only ever closed in the coldest of weather, and rain is encouraged to drip down over the edge of the openings – giving the patrons a dining experience that reflects the fresh hoto noodle dishes served inside.
Architecturally, the building has a certain kinship with American diners of the 1950s, and with its flamboyant, slightly kitsch form proudly facing the nearby roads, one can almost imagine rows of cadillacs parked outside. However, the purity and simplicity of material and the concern with the integration of building and environment are quintessentially Japanese.
All photos by Koji Fujii / Nacasa&Partners Inc