Just as one would expect, something absolutely divine happens when you combine modern Japanese architecture with the country's reverence for its famed cherry blossoms. Japanese architecture firm Bandesign has given new meaning to nature-inspired design by cladding a roadside cafe with mirrored gables that reflect the gorgeous cherry tree blossoms surrounding it.
The cafe is located in Gifu, Japan on a major tourist route. The site prompted the architects to design an unforgettable road stop for design-loving coffee drinkers. The cafe, fittingly named Mirrors, is a single-story building split into two angled wings. Clad with mirrored panels, the facade reflects the beautiful bank of rose-kissed cherry trees bordering the cafe’s entrance. A single Camilla tree sits in the middle of the cafe’s white gravel courtyard, further connecting this charmingly odd structure to its natural environment.
Although the location may seem a bit out of place for such an eye-catching design, Bandesign founder Hisanori Ban explains the design and business strategy behind the project, “Taking advantage of this location – Mirrors is on a riverside street and cherry blossom trees grew along the street. Mirrors reflects the cherry blossom, creating a forest and inviting visitors in.”
Photography by Shigetomo Mizuno