SHIZUKU is a sake bar and retail project with approximately 800 sqft, inserted on the ground floor of a 6-storey residential building, which was built in 1972. It is located in the Rua Central, facing the cultural heritage of the Tribunal Velho (Old Court House), in Macau SAR.
Shizukuzake (雫酒), meaning "drip sake", is a method of separating sake from the lees without external pressure by hanging the mash in bags and allowing the liquid to drip out under its own weight by gravity. The Chinese word ‘雫’ can also be read as ‘雨下’, meaning ‘the dripping rain’. Therefore, the design conceptualised around the elements of rain. Everyone shares a shelter under the rain, overseeing the moon on the other side. The seemingly omni-morphing ceiling, which is inherited from one of the most historical Taishō Era (大正) pattern (石畳紋) of Japan, which was also embedded into the 2021 Tokyo Olympics logo. The fixture houses lighting fixtures, display shelves, smoke/heat detectors and access panels. Moreover, there is a hidden hanging system, behind the offsetted panels, which will be used for hosting weeks/months-long collaborations with parties including local animation, dancing, photography studios, jazz bands, etc. This will be one of the venues to host a ‘City as museum’ series, launching exhibitions and events at places of different categories over the same period of time.
The pixelated arch frames the classified 20th century architecture and the vivid daily life of the pedestrians, tourists and neighbours, visualising a Japanese version of the metropolitan nature of the post-colonial city, on the other hand, respecting the memory and time of the historical building in the old neighbourhood.
Various types of seating are implemented into the sake bar in order to offer ergonomical freedom for individual sentiments. Tall bar stool when one feels more shining; regular dining height for a more cozy encounter; the lowest 700mm tea table to allow an even more relaxed experience. The angled approach of the bar counter minimises the difficulty of communications among drinkers and servers, and the turning point momentarily becomes the pivot of the venue.