is a minimalist interior located in Fukuoka, Japan, designed by . The architecture firm started as six people in various fields of design including architecture, interior design, photography, and video editing. The name “rhythmdesign” was later formulated as a credo to the team’s ideal representation of architecture and design, which is to prevent the disruption and distortion of the design and its surroundings.
Yokaya, which is a duplex restaurant and residence, follows this credo throughout every aspect of its design. The wooden structure covers a narrow site of only 135 square meters (about 1450 square feet), nestled between a storefront and apartment complex. The exterior facade appears as a smooth monolith volume with a rectangular cutout on the ground floor serving as a viewpoint into the restaurant.
The modest restaurant interior consists of concrete floors contrasting against exposed wooden ceiling beams and wooden furniture. The upper level reveals a living area with small windows scattered across the side and back of the building. The living space maintains the bare-essentials aesthetic seen throughout the rest of the architecture.