sost. Retailer / Koki Sugawara Architects
Textual content material description equipped by the architects. The enterprise began with a plan to create a flagship retailer for the distinctive eyewear mannequin “Kearny” throughout the backstreet connecting Harajuku to Shibuya in Tokyo. The thought of this enterprise is impressed by residential neighborhoods. The positioning is located inside a part of a residential neighborhood that all the sudden appears in an house crowded with enterprise facilities. Amidst the opponents for consumption, we wished to cherish the streets of this oasis-like residential house.
One frequent scene in Tokyo’s residential neighborhoods is the event of partitions using provides like concrete blocks on the boundaries of properties. This not solely bodily excludes others however moreover visualizes the boundary of 1’s private property. An entrance gate is then created inside these partitions, and there’s a small gap of some steps ensuing within the doorway. If the blocks and gate create a physique for the highway, then the opening serves as decorative framing. The residents improve this physique, encompassing not solely literal decorations however moreover traces of day-to-day life. It’s inside these frames that the authenticity of life emerges.
On this enterprise, we decided to incorporate parts of residential neighborhoods into the store to evoke a manner of a residential house. Given the scarcity of home between the road and the setting up, with the setting up positioned correct on the road boundary, we designated the setting up’s exterior wall as a result of the boundary with the highway and set the doorway setback contained within the setting up, creating an space between the road and the doorway. Given that setting up serves as a visual boundary, we put in an arched gate, intentionally incorporating the usual Japanese concept of “matagi,” the place one ought to step over a boundary. This creates a manner of movement and heightens consciousness of passing by the gate and crossing the boundary.
Whereas crossing boundaries in enterprise facilities or public areas happens effortlessly, on this enterprise, we intention to create a slight psychological shift when crossing the boundary, identical to visiting a superb good friend’s residence.
The ending supplies used is plastering. The distinctive gate choices the technique of “Kakiotoshi” (scribble finish). This choice shows a looking forward to the earth in metropolis areas and serves as a way for the existence of soil. The within design is ready by the mannequin’s emphasis on provides and the image born out of conversations. Please remember that the interpretation may have slight variations primarily based totally on context and interpretation.