This is cool. In a mountain village well known for its tofu, a new commercial kitchen that allows for the local families to not only hone their craft, but do so in a food-grade-certificate environment.
Gently stepping down to follow both the landscape and the adjacent river, this is no typical industrial-food ‘factory’. With its assemblage of sawtooth roofs and windows all around, it’s the very definition of light-filled and keeps the cooks connected to the community. And vice-versa, opening up this region’s traditions for all to see, whether local or a new tourist clientele. Like a series of terraces, the stepping nature of the building and site also allows for gardens and greenery all the way down, leading to a tofu-tastic tasting room.
Count me as a fan of this. Great use of the the program, matching the process of tofu making to with a long and linear building that is further enhanced by using the natural topography of the site. Add in a great use of elegant wood construction with plenty of glass and the rich tones of the stone floor that’s nicely mirrored in the kitchen’s counters. Great stuff.