located on the 2nd floor of an old 2-story building in beijing, ‘nyoi nyokki’ is a japanese izakaya pub designed by imafuku architects, clad with wooden louvers. the centerpiece of the place is the original aged wall revealed from former coverings behind illuminated liquor bottles.
the bar counter features ceiling louvers with glass pendant lights to define a spatial hierarchy for the most dominant part of the izakaya. liquor bottles are displayed on shelves made of black steel plates with vertical louvers, while air conditioners and audio systems are hidden at the upper part of the louvered cabinet.
extending from interior to exterior, the language of black steel continues onto the outside stair to invite guests. contrasting with the building façade, the hidden restaurant brings a calm and inviting atmosphere.