They say there are two sides to every story, and that’s certainly the case at Valencia sushi bar Nozomi. The designers from local studio Masquespacio immersed themselves in Japanese culture for the project, embracing the duality prevalent in Asian philosophy. The restaurant is named on one hand after the high speed bullet train, signifying “rational contemporary” thinking and represented with the branding’s Roman script, while it also means “fulfilled dream” – an “emotional classic” counterbalance written using the traditional Japanese hiragana symbols.
The two balancing forces are seen throughout Masquespacio’s interior, especially in the materials used. Rational contemporary elements form much of the structure — concrete and gunmetal grey seen in the walls, ceilings and floors — while the emotional classic aspect manifests itself in the hand-finished wood of the wonderful carpentry. A central timber cube recalling traditional Japanese buildings sits inside the outer concrete shell; it contains bathrooms and storage and its placement creates two decorative corridors leading towards the main dining area. Patrons at Nozomi Valencia are treated to a year-round version of one of Japan’s great seasonal sights as they sit under a canopy of cherry blossom.