April 2024, SUMMARY

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



Sweets & Parfait bar Constellation

(Page  82)

The entrance, called “Layer,” is made of layers of materials that
cover up the existing space, and the installed mirrors create
rainbow-colored light to guide visitors. The approach covered with
a sedative blue color is called “Wrap”, by which a person feels
unreal sensations. The interior space is called “Mold,” which is
designed to make everyday scenery appear ambiguous through
the effects of frames and aurora films that frame the viewer's
vision, making it feel like a mural that changes from moment to
moment. The ornamentation accentuates the contours of the
material. The private room with a sense of sparkle is named
“Decorate”. The designers hope that visitors will feel an initial mild
sense of confusion and surprise, followed by a sense of elation,
and then experience the exquisite spatial experience that awaits
them beyond that.
Designer : FiG


(Page  96)

The volume group, which includes tables, display fixtures, and the
kitchen, was designed with geometric curves such as arcs and
hyperbolas, and designer decided to plaster them smoothly with
plaster-based materials.
The matte-textured mathematical form appears to be both present
and absent, large and small, and ultimately ambivalent. As visitors
walk around the store, they simultaneously feel a microscopic
sensation as if they are walking between tea utensils as they
become smaller, and a macroscopic sensation as if they are
moving between orbiting planets, but the space soft and serene,
enveloping people as a space. The environment, while seemingly
far from the traditional world of tea, is at the same time the world
of tea itself, spatializing the 2020 version of NAKAMURA
TOKICHI (originally established in 1854).

Hoshino Coffee Ibaraki Prefectural Library

(Page  112)

The place, the face of the new library, was designed to give a
more dynamic impression of the symmetrical characteristics of the
building frame by inserting organic and continuous arches against
the open, square frame of the first floor lobby with a ceiling height
of 15 meters.
In addition, bronze mirrors are applied to three walls to create the
effect of adding quality and depth to the space.
The seating includes sofa seats where several people can enjoy a
meal, booth seats where people can relax in an area or by
themselves, and table seats with a glass surface as part of the top
panel to induce an encounter with a new book. Customers can
choose their seats according to their mood and the number of
people in their party.
Designer : NIPPON RESTAURANT SYSTEM+Nowhere-Designs/


(Page  116)


Blue Bottle Coffee Daikanyama is located in an architectural
fusion of residences, offices, and stores, with a path leading from
the open-air common area into the store, creating a plan that
allows for easy circulation and attracts customers. A drink counter
is positioned in the center of the space so that the barista's coffee
brewing process can take center stage.
The terraced topography and lush natural environment of
Daikanyama, with its many elevation differences and slopes, are
incorporated to create a spatial experience of different levels.
Visitors can have a private feeling as if they were relaxing on a
sofa in their own home, and the various spots are loosely
connected to each other to form a single comfortable space.

Taneya Kusatsu Kintestsu /

CLUB HARIE Kusatsu Kintestsu

(Page  140)

With regard to the materials used in the store, the designers were
conscious of natural elements. Randomly scraped structural
plywood was transformed from rough wood to one that gives a
docile look, and spray paint was applied to give an earthy feel,
resulting in an interior design that varies in every detail. The
designers planned a three-dimensional configuration, up and
down, left and right, and in three dimensions, so that the space
would be varied to the human eye. The interior arrangement plan
was based on the owner's ideas and considered the best form for
the store. The plan is different from the conventional concept of
stores, as the stores are located inside the lease line, and are
designed to draw people in, and the backyard is open by daring to
show people the stock of products.
Designer : UDS


(Page  174)

The site of this project is in front of a coffee roastery operated by
the project owner, but since a new type of store with a different
name was to be set up here, the environmental design had to be
differentiated from the existing coffee roastery while maintaining
harmony with the existing store. Specifically, the roof portion of
the architecture is characterized by the use of uncoated copper
sheets. Copper plates that were shiny and glossy in the beginning,
even with the passage of time, lose their luster in areas exposed
to rain and become dull and shiny as if they had been exposed to
the elements for years. On the other hand, the back of the eaves,
which is not exposed to rain, retains its original glossy appearance
and serves as an eye-catcher to welcome visitors. The project
was designed in the form of a movable "stall," so there will be no
part of the building that will be indoors. The project is planned to
be enclosed with heat-insulating curtains, to have wheels at the
bottom of the building, and to be able to be powered by general
outlets for lighting and other power sources.
Designer : 1-1 Architects


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