For the new concept restaurant Hello Nori, Concrete Cashmere provided the design and construction management of this 1,500 SF experiential Japanese-inspired modern dining located on Robson Street, Vancouver, BC.
Hello Nori is an elevated culinary experience and the first in Vancouver to exclusively serve Japanese hand rolls – crispy nori filled with warm rice and the freshest, locally sourced and sustainable seafood and produce. Each of the hand rolls is served one at a time and eaten immediately to savour the crunchy nori in delicious contrast to the cold, fresh seafood.
The U-shape bar perches 24 seats with full view of the hand roll making action. From the subtle ocean waves of the wood ceiling to the crass (un)finished concrete, our design team stayed true to the Wabi Sabi vision while ensuring compliance with the current public health and safety protocols.
The inspiration for the design of the restaurant was to transcend authenticity by finding beauty in imperfections. Modelled after the Wabi-Sabi way of life, the structure and details “appreciate and accept complexity while at the same time, values simplicity.” The restaurant’s distinguishing features combines a mix of raw materials such as wood, metal, and concrete.
Concrete Cashmere is currently designing and constructing Hello Nori’s newest locations set to open in North Vancouver, Burnaby, and Richmond, BC.