Hojoko | Kaplan Thompson Architects

Hojoko | Kaplan Thompson Architects

Hojoko | Kaplan Thompson Architects

Hojoko | Kaplan Thompson Architects

Hojoko | Kaplan Thompson Architects

Hojoko | Kaplan Thompson Architects

Hojoko | Kaplan Thompson Architects

Hojoko | Kaplan Thompson Architects

Hojoko | Kaplan Thompson Architects

Hojoko | Kaplan Thompson Architects

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Context

A James Beard Award-winning chef was looking to open a new Izakaya-style restaurant with a whimsical, retro, rock & roll theme. The venue would be connected to a newly transformed boutique hotel occupying an old Howard Johnsons in Boston, just a block away from Fenway Park.

Response

A high-energy rock & roll Japanese tavern immersed within the irreverent culture on display and featuring a playful 60's surf vibe constantly shifts your experience depending how deep into the restaurant you venture. An outside seating area along Boylston Street features live bamboo walls in charred wood planters. The eclectic interiors feature reclaimed wood, funky graffiti, rock memorabilia, classic diner-style laminate and pop culture artifacts, including an authentic Pac Man table and hair dryer seats saved from a local, defunct salon. The drinks bar, sushi bar and grilling station are introduced one by one as you progress towards the outdoor pool off the “Dick Van Dyke” Lounge at the rear of the space.

Renewable Materials

The interiors feature reclaimed wood throughout.

Charred wood known as Shou Sugi Ban used on the exterior patio becomes a durable, rot-resistant material.