Burnside Tokyo

Located above a Family Mart in Harajuku, Burnside Tokyo is a casual café by day that transforms into a moody lounge at night. The innovative culinary space is designed by Snøhetta in collaboration with the Bronx-based chef collective Ghetto Gastro, local studio Kooo Architects, and art and design outfit En One Tokyo. The open-kitchen concept incorporates elements of both a bodega and a bar and features a shadowy atmosphere with amber accents that reflect the incoming light. A floral sculpture designed by Makoto Azuma entitled Block Flowers pops against the monochrome backdrop, while a Devon Turnbull-designed sound system runs throughout the space. With just a 30-person capacity, the intimate dining room is fitted with custom-designed, family-style tables and is intended to host a rotating roster of incoming chefs, starting with Ghetto Gastro.

Photos: Keishin Horikoshi / Snohetta

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