March 2020, SUMMARY

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




(Page 54)

SHIBUYA PARCO, popular shopping complex had once closed in 2016, was recently rebuilt to present Shibuya style, which used to generate trends of fashion and culture as the most active epicenter in Tokyo. The building site is on a hill so that the sloped approach was designed as if it continued to the rooftop via stairs, representing the source of youth culture. The tenants in this complex includes high-end fashion brands, street fashion brands, trendy general stores, restaurants, cinema, and theaters which are mixed on each floor.




(Page 94)

photo / Nacasa & Partners

GYRE, commercial complex in Omotesando, Tokyo remodeled the food floor as GYRE.FOOD under a theme “circulation” and it includes two restaurants, bar, grocery, and event space on 1000 ㎡ floor site. Spatial design motif is “mud”, and floor, wall, and even tables are all earth-plastered. Earthenware has flourishing tropical vegetation. It reminds us of an ancient ruin buried in the ground and making us think about our food culture in the future.
Designer : Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects




JOJOEN Shinjuku Odakyu HALC

(Page 120)

Established in 1976, JOJOEN is a famous chained Korean barbecue restaurant. This one opened on the eighth story of Shinjuku Odakyu Hulk, on 820㎡ floor area, is the biggest among other ones as the flagship. “Jojo” comes from the sizzling sound of barbecuing beef and the designer represents the sound visually as frequency diagram for each part of the establishment. The interior materials include Nishijin fabrics, acrylic resin, stone, and glass are used to show up dining spaces. Based upon an idea to give the shapes to cocking sound, the interior was envisioned to make a sense of unity.
Designer : NOMURA





(Page 146)

In the middle of downtown Osaka, this member’s quick drink offers gyoza dumpling. The project site is only 16㎡ . The walls and the ceiling are covered with 6,400 sheets of washi paper to softening the atmosphere. The counter uses washi patterns layered over with film to produce a leather-like texture. Lot of antiques are displayed in various places. The facade of the establishment is associated with kura, traditional Japanese storehouse and the door uses blue washi, which gives customers a feeling of expectation. Wataru Hatano, washi craftsman co-worked for some parts of this project. The designer, craftsman, and the owner collaborated to create this superb environment.
Designer : Koyori + atelier salt  





(Page 159)

This bakery is situated just in front of Oguchi station of JR Yokohama Line. The facade demonstrates itself by striking front surfacede to a busy street with noisy signboards. The facade represents soft touch and brown roast color of bread with delicate texture of material and color graduation. Some of abstraction part of the spatial design looks even elegant. Both inside and outside use the same material to articulate unified brand image. Wood parts accentuate the shop environment, making customers feel familiar. Breads in this shop stand out by soft lighting and beige color of floor and ceiling.
Designer : I IN




AĒSOP Daimaru Shinsaibashi /


(Page 62)

Established in 1987 in Melbourne, AĒSOP is a luxury skin care brand owned by Brazilian company. Each shop in the world is designed by different designers to create each different interior environment and two of new stores are featured here. Making the most of the context in a department store designed by William Merrell Vories, CASE-REAL designed AĒSOP Daimaru Shinsaibashi in Osaka. Walnut shelves, geometric sink with copper and granite are notable details of the store.Located also in Osaka, AĒSOP LUCUA 1100 was designed by Schemata Architects. To show up black bottles, backdrop was designed mostly by beige materials.
Last part of this article includes an interview with AĒSOP retail architecture manager Ms.Denise Neri.
Designer : CASE-REAL, Schemata Architects



(Page 182)

At the foot of Mt. Fuji, this gallery is located in Fuji-yoshida city. It was a conversion project of former ice house. Divided five rooms were connected by tubular filling FRP elements. The volumes remind us of something like starfish and the thickness is getting thinner according to the height, transmitting light from both lamps and skylight. The FRP units uses Catenary curve to stand independently on its own weight. When you get in the tube, you will experience imaginary wondrous travel around Mt Fuji, like an ice cave and underground water flow.
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Special Article : Remembering Lighting Design by Ingo Maurer

(Page 196)

Ingo Maurer, German lighting designer, died at 87 on the 21st of October last year. Maurer, known as a poet of light, is famous for his lamps and lighting products and “Blub” among them is a combination of industry and poetry. His fifty years career produced a lot of humorous and innovative lighting objects and this obituary article covers his design history.





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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.