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