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Dream Dairy Farm Restaurant

Moriyuki Ochiai Architects create a ‘forest of light and lattice’ for a restaurant built on a farm in Chiba, Japan.

BY Janice Seow

November 19th, 2014

Moriyuki Ochiai Architects have taken this restaurant’s dairy-focused menu and its location on a farm, surrounded by a forest, as its creative inspiration.


In a modern interpretation of a forest, a three-dimensional white lattice nests above the beams of a wooden structure. Adding further dimension to the design, layers of glossy translucent resin boards have been fitted on various surfaces to produce a subtle, luminous body of light that illuminates the entire space.


This layered structure is perceived differently depending on the diners’ relative position and line of sight at any given time. In addition, the light reflected off and penetrating the resin boards produce intricate and constantly evolving expressions.


A special paint on the walls mimics the texture of soil, something to be found in abundance on a farm, and matches the natural warmth of timber to create an intimate atmosphere. And above head, pendant lamps have been shaped to depict drops of milk.

Moriyuki Ochiai Architects