July 2014, SUMMARY

SHOTENKENCHIKU is monthly magazine of Japanese interior design / store design / commercial architecture




(Page 48)

photo by Nacasa & Partners

JG JEAN-GEORGES TOKYO is a high-end restaurant located in a classy neighborhood in Roppongi, Tokyo. The ground floor of the restaurant is narrow and oblong and the second floor is small, and the both are connected by long stairs. Despite the severe conditions of the building volume, the architect created an sophisticated establishment. Gwenael Nicolas, the designer of this project hit upon an idea of making such likable long table and an open kitchen in flying geese formation when he saw at first the site. The front marble wall gives here a touch of class to the interior that tends to be casual. Reiko Suda's artistic objects made of layered fabric are suspended from the ceiling of stairwell, which gently guide customers in direction to the upstairs.

Designer : Gwenael Nicolas / CURIOSITY




(Page 54)

photo by Nacasa & Partners

New branch of a Japanese restaurant UKAI opened in Ginza, Tokyo. Customers are to go up black plaster stairs to reach an entrance hall where they will find green bamboos etched on glass walls. Going through a zelkova door, you will see small and big counters, and they are made of a solid wood panel from a 300 years old hinoki cypress. A counter back and back walls of privates rooms used gold reminding us of “Rimpa”, a Japanese painting school in the 17th century. The metallic color walls used zinc as the silver and brass powder as the gold and on the handfinished plaster. In the center of the interior, there is a accumulated black granite which gives a sense of depth. Each material of the environment elegantly co-exist and are harmonious to make a genuine gorgeous restaurant.

Designer : Ichiro Sato / age co.,ltd




(Page 60)

photo by Toshihide Kajihara

This clothing store opened currently in Minami-aoyama, Tokyo. It is a renovation project of an indoor swimming pool on the ground floor of 1970s apartment. Nobuo Araki, architect of this project, loved this place when he visited for the first time, as he estimated aged expressions of walls and floors. He just added minimum construction to this space and made the store fit to this existing parts. An important thing about renovation is that workers have to fine-tune the relation between new parts and old parts on the construction site. For example, angles of four corners of the pool should be scaled on the spot , so they fabricate glass and steel to make exact form of the floor on the pool. It depends on higheraccuracy construction skills. As a result, you see shoppers move in the store like swimming fish.

Designer : Nobuo Araki / The Archetype




(Page 68)

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THE PRINCE SAKURA TOWER TOKYO is located in Shinagawa, a famous business district in Tokyo. It was built in 1998 and currently remodeled to target business people and foreign tourists. Making the most of an existing Japanese garden, you feel Japanese traditional taste when you go through an hallway from the main gate to a lobby. The wall with symbolical metal parts in the lobby impresses us. Commanding a nice view of the Japanese garden, a restaurant and cafe Ciliegio uses a lot of Japanese graphic pattern as decoration fusing east and west ornament grammar in furniture and interior. Each guest room has wonderful views of cherry tree in the hotel site and is furnished with cherry flower pattern carpet traditional craftsman ship pieces of work.

Designer : A.N.D.




(Page 83)

photo by Forward Stroke

This hotel is in Abeno HARUKAS, a highrise commercial complex opened in Marchi this year in Osaka. An urban hotel, co-operated by Marriott International and Miyako Hotel. A lobby and restaurant are on the nineteenth floor and enclosed by huge glazed openings on three sides, commanding panoramic views of the mountains in Nara, Kansai International Airport, and longdistant Kobe city. The guest rooms occupy from the 38th to the 55th floor and the average room area is 38 square meter. And also there are a member shop club lounge suite room on top floor. Restaurants are on the 57th surrounded by huge openings. Every area in this hotel pays much attention to its view.




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(Page 127)

This article covers trends of green design used in public and commercial environment. Picked-up cases are Aoyama Flower Market Tea House, biotopes plans of various projects including restaurants and factories. Interviews with designers and planners including Taichi Saito and Satoshi Kawamoto.




(Page 194)

photo by Nacasa & Partners

As the original bank was situated in downtown neighborhood, this remodeled one used a lot of colorful parts both inside and outside of the building to make harmony itself with the surroundings. The building is two meter set back from the border line of lot and has a line of nine meter high colorful sticks like a rainbow forest. This bank has a double ceiling height free room drenched with sunlight. Out door wood deck area also give us a free and casual feeling. Consequently, there are four layers of space in this building and you will notice it when you look the facade of the building from a distance, which gives transparency and nuances to this establishment.

Designer : emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design



TRi TERASU Tokyo Showroom

(Page 208)

photo by Nacasa & Partners

TRi TERASU is a Japanese company manufacturing LED products presenting a motto of "a new life with new light". This showroom of TRi TERASU is near Akihabara railroad station, designed by Kazuhiko Tarumi. He designed this project upon a theme of "phenomenon created by light". Here visitors can experience the light interestingly in various ways. At the entrance, there is a soaring lobby surrounded by vertical light-guiding plates, which is a leading product of the company. A chandelier on the ceiling show wavy lighting pattern when a sensor is tripped. On the second floor, lighting equipments are exhibited against a black wall and floor. Design phenomena of lighting makes products more attractive in this showroom.

Designer : Kazuhiko Tarumi / LADAKH DESIGN ASSOCIATES




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SHOTENKENCHIKU is the only magazine which has been dedicating to Japanese store design and commercial architecture since 1956. The magazine offers readers the very latest interior design of restaurants, hotels, fashion stores, hair salons, etc with many pictures, detailed floor plans and information of main materials. It is considered to be a must-read for architects, interior designers.