November 2018, SUMMARY

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


New Shop Environment

Ginza Sony Park

(Page 52)

Almost fifty years have passed since Sony Building was created by architect Yoshinobu Ashihara in 1966.
And it was demolished and regretted by a lot of people in 2018 but this August saw Ginza Sony Park on the site. Sony for this park made a project team five years ago collaborated with company staff, architect, historian, and editor. They thought over the development project including conservation of the building.
Architect Nobuo Araki was commissioned by the team to design the park under a theme of “designing dismantlement”, representing something to show a history of the building. He made this park complex as a platform to connect a lot of areas both internally and externally. It includes shops and eateries.
Designer : Ginza Sony Park Project





(Page 83)

photo / Nacasa & Partners

Upon integrating Blue Bottle Coffee - coming from America's West Coast culture - with the machiya (traditional townhouse) located along the approach way to Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto, the architect continued to focus on our design concept for all of the Blue Bottle Coffee shops we designed, which is to "create equal relationships" throughout the space. The existing floor, raised 50 above the ground conforming to a characteristic style of traditional Japanese architecture, was demolished to make a new floor level with the ground.
The continuous white floor is stripped of all unnecessary things and the structure is stripped of existing finishes to expose the original roof structure and clay walls, and one can see traces of its100-year old history throughout the large, medium and small spaces in the structure originally composed of two separate buildings.
Designer : Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects  




DANDELION CHOCOLATE Kyoto Higashiyama Ichinenzaka

(Page 88)

This cafe and chocolate shop is located on Ichinenzaka street near Koudaiji temple in Kyoto. The existing building is surrounded by an atmosphere reminding us of old traditional city of Kyoto but the composition is rather disordered after repeated renovations.
The architect of this establishment restored an initial image of the house, adding some San Francisco style elements to make people feel comfortable. The products they sell are variety of Dandelion chocolate which are classy and made of natural materials. Interior design uses solid cedar panels to expresses the high-quality chocolate.
Designer : Fumihiko Sano Studio




Cafe & Champagne Gion Chikara

(Page 92)

This cafe is on the second story of confectionery shop GRAND MARBEL Gion and serves champagne and western sweets like Danish pastry. Artist Kouhei Nawa directed the interior of this project. Making the most of the existing traditional parts of this old Japanese-style house, the cafe was produced like simple modern one with the use of artistic objects and contemporary art pieces.
A bent wood ring-shaped counter table and traditional Kyoto-style black lattices are among attractive interior elements. Art works are everywhere, including not only Nawa’s but also various local artists’. The cafe makes a cultural salon that promotes exchanges of creators in various generations.
Designer : SANDWICH




soboro bakery

(Page 152)

This bakery and sweets shop caters for British, Korean and Japanese food within a mixed cultural environment, as the first step of strategic move for global multiple store expansion. Key concepts of the interior design are cleanliness, simple operation, and unique interior, which is reminiscent of Japanese establishment. Italian white marble tiles and natural wood elements are soft keynote presentation. A layout of the interior is similar to one-stroke sketch and difference in height of partitions and floor levels give a feeling of depth. As the result, the spatial design is well-balanced Japanese modern.
Designer : Doyle Collection





(Page 163)

This cafe, featuring puddings, opened in July this year in Atamiginza shopping street in Shizuoka prefecture. As the number of the tourists to Atami, one of famous hot springs, is decreasing, the client of this project proclaimed “entertaining hot spring public bath” for the concept of the interior design to contribute to revitalizes the town. The store front is fully open and there are benches. Inside was design like sento(communal bath house in Japan). Visitors pass through the goodwill and pay at bandai, where the attendant sits, to get puddings on tubs. You can use big bath-shaped eat-in-space after going through datsuijyo (changing room). Walls and windows are decorated with interesting illustrations for users to shoot photos.
Designer : Studio Tokyo West  




(Page 168)

BAKE CHEESE TART is a cheese tart shop located in shopping complex building Shapo Funabashi conecting to Funabashi station in Chiba prefecture. As the whole building is based upon a natural theme, the interior of this shop follows it. The designer supposed the rhythm of the nature as 130 beats per minute, so he gave 130 rhythm to the shop. Besides, he chose monochromatic color scheme and adopted natural minimalism elements as visual attractions. Designer : REIICHI IKEDA DESIGN


Comfortable Toilet Space Design

(Page 179)

Today people need more comfortable spatial design for toilets and this featured article presents band new smart toilets aiming hyper usability, including a big men’s toilets with a dressing room and entertaining toilets for both kids and adults, using projector intriguingly. Also, here is an article covering current stylish pict signages and approach areas.


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