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Hoto Fudo by Takeshi Hosaka Architects

Food and form for the soul in the shadow of Mount Fuji.

Hoto Fudo by Takeshi Hosaka Architects


February 3rd, 2010

Sitting at the foot of the iconic mountain in Japan, Hoto Fudo is an igloo-inspired noodle restaurant.

Developed by Japanese studio Takeshi Hosaka Architects, Hoto Fudo imitates the shapes of nature, showcasing soft geometrical cloud-like shapes where natural air flows freely through the unique open-plan space space.

No air conditioning is used in the building and it remains open to the elements throughout most seasons – with acrylic curved sliding doors only closed in the coldest months or during high winds.

Formed by steel road frames reinforced by concrete, the freestanding cavernous structure has a stable temperature thanks to its 60 mm thick urethane insulation.

Despite the modernity of the minimalist structure, the design seems to naturally complement the landscape, mimicking the snow-peaked mountain that dramatically towers over it. 

Designed to offer shelter whilst maintaining a connection with nature – the rain cascades down the doors and windows in the rainy season and its semi-circular openings frame the picturesque landscape.

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