Iron Fist: The Strong Influence of Past Japanese Architecture in Blok M

Anabata Media | September 14, 2022

Located in the Blok M area, South Jakarta, Iron Fist tries to immerse itself in the context of the hustle and bustle of the city. However, the conditions of this crowded and congested area made Studio Kota.

Iron First: The Strong Influence of Past Japanese Architecture in Blok M(Façade of Iron Fist)

Previously, the Blok M area is known as "Little Tokyo" because its history was thick with Japanese expatriates in the past. The history of Japanese people who had lived in the Blok M area turned out to have an influence on the typography and architectural style in this area. In the era of the 60-70s, the architectural design of Blok M was dominated by modernist concepts.

Iron First: The Strong Influence of Past Japanese Architecture in Blok M(Outdoor area on the first floor of Iron Fist)

Iron First: The Strong Influence of Past Japanese Architecture in Blok M(Access to indoors on the first floor)

Looking at the site's history, Studio Kota tried to align the Iron Fist design with the buildings in the surrounding neighborhood. The team's decision in determining the materials and colors applied to the modernist design of this restaurant and bar.

Iron First: The Strong Influence of Past Japanese Architecture in Blok M(The interior of the first floor is dominated by exposed walls and ceilings)

The design of this two-story building was not only influenced by the site's history, but the post-pandemic period more or less intervened in its design language. At this time, some people choose a hangout place that is more open, so a hole-in-the-wall restaurant with open space around the Blok M area is also an option for young people. This phenomenon is considered an opportunity for Studio Kota to develop the idea of Iron Fist and participate in revitalizing the Blok M area.

Iron First: The Strong Influence of Past Japanese Architecture in Blok M(Access to the floor he passed through a steel staircase)

Upon entering its grounds, guests will experience interior design that focuses on modernist concepts through walls and ceilings as they are. The aesthetics of the interior presents through several supporting elements, such as steel that functions as a shelf, cable trays that are left visible, to slotted corners that are widely used in this project. This material uses to introduce simple materials that can evoke the history of Blok M through the interior design of a restaurant and bar.

Iron First: The Strong Influence of Past Japanese Architecture in Blok M(After passing through the steel stairs, visitors are directed through the rolling door railing)

With mild steel furniture typical of the industrial style, Studio Kota strives to create a dining experience in the past through its relationship with the concept of the building as a whole. Some furniture is painted in green to cool the iron fist interior, while others are left visible with the original colors of mild steel.

Iron First: The Strong Influence of Past Japanese Architecture in Blok M(Second-floor interior view)

The application of bright and bold colors such as red, green, and bright yellow aims to liven up the atmosphere of this restaurant and bar. These colors are present through fluorescent lamps as artificial lighting inside the interior.

Iron First: The Strong Influence of Past Japanese Architecture in Blok M(Second-floor outdoor area on Iron Fist)

To complement the space needs of a restaurant and bar, Studio Kota designed a semi-outdoor private space and bar on the second floor. The visitor can access the second floor via a steel staircase that the City Studio has restored to harmonize the modernist concept of the Iron Fist interior.

Iron First: The Strong Influence of Past Japanese Architecture in Blok M(On the second floor there is a semi-outdoor private room)

Iron First: The Strong Influence of Past Japanese Architecture in Blok M(Semi-outdoor private space complements Iron Fist facilities)

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