If you’re driving along the Arakawa River in Kofu, you may very well come across a large fortress-esque concrete building. Despite its unique build, the three-tiered structure mirrors the cross-sectional shape of the river’s bank, making it blend it with the river while still maintaining a formidable presence. It’s as if the home is an extension of the river bank itself.
Designed by architect Takeshi Hosaka, LAPIN, a restaurant that serves up charcoal barbecued French food, opened its doors in July of 2013. The first floor is the restaurant while the 2nd and 3rd floors function as the owner’s private residence. “I have fond memories of barbequing on the river,” reminisces the chef. “Those memories are probably responsible for why I chose this location, after studying French cuisine.”
In contrast to the concrete exterior, the interior of the restaurant is furnished with wooden furniture crafted from local wood.