Westfield Oakridge – San Jose, CA 

TMDA – Tim Murphy Design Associates

W. G. Fritz Construction

Interior Wall Cladding:
TORA– charred cypress
#2 Common, Burnt & sealed on face only
13/16″ thick x 5-1/8″ wide x 6′-16′ RL
Tongue & Groove
Interior Wall Slats:
TORA– charred cypress
Select grade, burnt on all four sides and finished all four sides
13/16″ thick x 3-1/2″ wide x 12’ long


These photos were taken while SANRAKU restaurant was under construction, final photos will be available soon.

TMDA selected reSAWN’s TORA shou sugi ban charred cypress for the wall cladding and slats for this Japanese restaurant.  Jason Fritz of W.G. Fritz construction worked closely with reSAWN and TMDA to plan for this unique install.  Slats were installed at a uniform 10° angle and anchored at the base, ceiling and partially up the slats using pine stained black to match the aesthetic of the restaurant.  This provided the additional stability needed to keep the slats uniform and straight.  The 10° angle creates a trompe l’oeil effect when viewed from different angles.  It allows for diners to feel intimately separated from passersby while still allowing a glimpse into the restaurant.  A similar effect was used over the doorways between the restaurant and the kitchen.

SANRAKU restaurant was founded in 1989, specializing in first class quality Japanese cuisine.  The business has been flourishing ever since, adding several more locations throughout the Silicon Valley.  Their company policy is to continue to serve the highest quality Japanese Food available, consisting only of fresh and quality ingredients.  Japanese food is the culmination of a long culinary tradition resulting in a refined cuisine that has from time to time incorporated the best from dishes around the world, to create a unique and increasingly popular choice of savory and healthy delicacies.
TMDA is located in the Financial District of San Francisco and was established in 2001.  In a studio environment, they strive to engineer unique architectural and design solutions tailored to specific client objectives creating individual project identities – personal or business brands.  They have a diverse practice and have an accomplished portfolio with hospitality, commercial and residential projects.   Their office is collaborative.  They work with clients, counsel them, advocate their projects and manage the construction process.  TMDA cultivates partnerships with strong industry professionals including Engineers, Interior Designers and Audio Visual Consultants.


W.G. Fritz Construction is one of the leading general construction companies located in Silicon Valley, California. We have been helping people with their construction needs for over twenty-five years.  Their vast experience in performing various types of tenant-improvement construction projects within Northern California has enabled us to tackle both large and small projects with expertise and enthusiasm.  Their approach to design/build construction is consistent with our core values: to provide the highest quality product at the most competitive price.



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