Two Point Zero is a design studio based in New York City. The studio specializes in the adaptive reuse of existing structures. By amplifying the site’s history and aesthetic, we work to create spaces that provide the framework to live, work and eat while being rooted in our time and place. 

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Location: New York
Year Completed: 2022
Program: Restaurant
Context: Full Renovation Restaurant
Client: Towa / HAND Hospitality
Design: Two Point Zero

“ The influences of western and eastern design from the 1950s are presented in subtle ways to offer an experience that is unique but nostalgic at the same time ”

Towa is a new hospitality experience situated in the iconic Flatiron neighborhood. Its Japanese name can be translated as "permanence" or "perpetuity", emphasizing a desire to honor tradition. The architecture is meant to mirror this philosophy that drives the culinary concept; traditional design elements meet mid-century modern flair.


Clad in dark cherry wood panels, the sushi bar greets guests as they enter to create an impactful first impression. Strong rectilinear lines frame the elongated space. A square canopy with a slatted surface emits a dim light as it hangs over the bar area, evoking quiet and calm. The placement of the bar naturally creates a passageway through the length of the space, which is decorated with stained glass. Designed in a sophisticated geometric pattern, the name of the restaurant is subtly embedded within.

The dining area borrows architectural elements of a washitsu, or Japanese tatami room. Light plaster walls and dark cherry wood panels envelop the top half of the space, alluding to paper wood dividers known as shoji. Translucency is expressed through a wall of glass blocks to create some visual separation but still provides a sense of cohesion between the two main rooms. Traditional Japanese architecture is once again acknowledged through a contemporary application of moldings, trim and grid pattern. An irregular, yet playful pattern on the tiled floor traverses the entire restaurant.