Sure, we like convenience as much as the next guy. Drive through cash machine? Certainly. Drive through Starbucks? Great idea. However, is this Japanese café taking things just a little bit too far? OK, we’re being stupid, but are strangely roused about the idea of screeching to a halt next to your table for two.
The reality may not be nearly as exciting, however, the effortless style of its execution most certainly is. Designers Suppose Design Office have taken inspiration from the café’s surroundings – car parks, a driving school and a road that “felt like it continued forever” – for their renovation of this Izakaya (Japanese style bar) in the quiet residential area of Numazu-shi, Shizuoka.
Benches designed to emulate bus stops and car seats transformed into sofas accompany the startlingly unique painted asphalt flooring to complete the sensation that a road runs right on through this thoroughly unique space…
Photography: Toshiyuki Yano