Kyoto – Japan
Year: 2020
Interior designer: Uchida Design Studio
Photographer: Satoshi Asakawa

MUNI LA TERRASSE RESTAURANT opened in Kyoto, Japan in 2020.

The city of Arashiyama was chosen as the location since visitors have always found it fascinating. MUNI KYOTO, in turn, opened opposite Togetsukyo Bridge, famous for its beauty. A unique landscape that changes with the seasons throughout the year, always visible from the restaurant’s broad windows. This atmosphere was fundamental in the choice of using natural materials in the restaurant’s architecture.MUNI LA TERRASSE is a comfortable environment where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and tea while admiring the charming view over the Katsura River.

The hotel’s magnificent project, created by world-renowned interior designer Shigeru Uchida, won the iF DESIGN AWARD 2021 for Interior Design. iF International Forum Design is the world’s most established independent design organization. Each year it selects exceptional designs and presents them at the Design Awards. 98 design experts from 52 countries/regions rated 10,000 candidates.
The MUNI KYOTO project was selected and awarded in the interior design section.

The common feature shared by this restaurant and the others designed by the Uchida Design Inc. studio is the subtle texture of the materials, which successfully reflect the external environment visible from the large windows, creating a delicate dialog between the two.

Architect Shigeru Uchida chose Vistosi to interpret his envisaged concept using glass.
This custom collection delicately evokes the shape of bamboo canes.
The minimalist design features a combination of cylindrical sections of smooth transparent glass with sections of sandblasted striped-effect glass.
These pure crystal rods with different lengths and circumferences are arranged at different heights, individually and in clusters, in order to give life to an understated yet impressive setting.










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