Koichi Takada Architects - Sydney


Our practice explores how contemporary interior design can best embody the qualities and virtues present in nature.

We propose a dining concept that recreates HANAMI, the traditional Japanese festival of the Cherry Blossom in bloom. Dining under the cherry blossom trees is a social gathering that celebrates the arrival of spring. This concept not only represents the serving of Japanese cuisines, but also hopes to capture a symbolic place for the locals to gather and dine under ‘one big tree’ and for the owner to nurture the business as if growing a tree.

We wish to emulate the comfort and tranquillity the canopy of tree can create. Timber profiles create the branches of the tree, transforming the Sushi Train restaurant into a place of nature. Dappled light filters between the timber branches. The flairs of light change as you move through the restaurant, mimicking the irregularity of natural sunlight, while highlighting the path of the Sushi Train.


  • Shortlisted World Interior News (WIN) Awards Restaurant Category 2013
  • Shortlisted Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Hospitality Category 2011

Conceptually the TREE has become symbolic of the nurture and care put into growing this successful business. The branches extend to the perimeter, encompassing diners and workers alike.

The timber profiles have been cut using CNC technology, minimising waste and allowing accuracy and detail in the design. Gaboon Marine Plywood, brings the warmth of timber to the interior, which compliments the texture of the rendered walls. The contrast of these elements highlights the central TREE and the Sushi Train below.

  • ProjectTREE Restaurant (Sushi Train Sutherland)
  • LocationPresidents Avenue, Sutherland, Sydney
  • ClientMr. Goro Usui
  • Competition DateDecember 2010
  • Design TeamKoichi Takada Architects
  • Construction TeamDarrell Sadler / Finn Projects
  • PhotographsSharrin Rees
  • Construction PhotosKoichi Takada