Restaurant in the City, "Beta"

  • CONCEPT
    BETA IS A JAPANESE RESTAURANT IN CENTRAL PHILADELPHIA THAT BASES ITS CONCEPT OFF OF A BETA FISH. WHILE RESEARCHING JAPANESE FISH, I FOUND THE BETA FISH, ALSO KNOWN AS THE JAPANESE FIGHTING FISH. THE BETA FISH NEEDS AT LEAST 11 HOURS OF LIGHT IN A DAY TO STAY COLORFUL AND BEAUTIFUL. I TOOK THIS CONCEPT AND USED IT IN MY DESIGN BY CREATING A FUN COLORFUL ENVIRONMENT. EVERYWHERE YOU SEE COLOR IN DESIGN IS LIT WITH LIGHT FROM BEHIND. THE SURFACES THAT DON’T HAVE LIGHT BEHIND THEM ARE GRAY, BLACK OR A TRANSPARENT MATERIAL. MY MAJOR DESIGN ELEMENT IS IN THE DINING AREAS JOINING BOTH FLOORS. THIS TWO-STORY ELEMENT IS A SCALED WALL THAT HAS A LIGHT SHINING AND MOVING AROUND THE WALL FROM BEHIND. WHERE THE LIGHT HITS, IT IS COLORFUL, WHERE IT DOESN’T IT IS A DULL COLOR, LIKE A BETA FISH. ANOTHER ELEMENT IS THE BAR AREA, WHERE IT IS DESIGNED TO FEEL LIKE YOU ARE UNDER THE SEA. LASTLY, THERE ARE TRANSPARENT FISH IN THE STAIRWAY, WHERE YOU CAN SEE IT FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE WALL. 
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  • DINING ROOM
  • FIRST FLOOR
  • SECOND FLOOR
  • LONGITUDINAL SECTION
  • ENTRANCE 
  • SECOND FLOOR DINING AREA
  • BAR AREA
  • ELEVATION OF BAR