May 2018, SUMMARY
SHOTENKENCHIKU is monthly magazine of Japanese interior design / store design / commercial architecture
SARUTAHIKO COFFEE CHOFU BAISEN HALL
This roastery cafe demonstrates the process of making coffee to customers, who enjoy coffee being stimulated their five senses.
Inspired by system of a zoo, the establishment has translucent glazed kitchen, training room, beans warehouse and roasting room. The interior is like a living room of a private house where people in any generation feel comfortable. Soft carpet feels fine and sofa seating is like a “engawa” relaxation style. Experiencing architectural space with nice coffee is a gist of this spatial design.
Designer : SUPPOSE DESIGN OFFICE
Located on the ground floor of Akasaka Intercity AIR, COURTESY is a bakery cafe through the day and it turns into a French restaurant at night. Based upon a theme of “ fusion of art and food”, the environment was directed by artist Noritaka Tatehana. The interior, as a kind of site-specific art, was surrounded by a lot of glass planes. White rooms are simply infilled with huge towers of showcase. Around two volumes of kitchen positioned irregularly, there are table seating, semi-private dining area, sales area, and service area. Seemingly the space looks uniformed, customers, according to their places to stand, can enjoy various interior views with exhibited attractive art pieces.
Designer : Noritaka Tatehana + Button design
DRIVE TO GO by TOYOTA
This project is a solution to a task for a manufacturer to give something valuable to a society of sharing economy supported by millennium generation. The concept is “DRIVE TO GO”. This place now makes a relaxing cafe for young people in the neighborhood to spend nice time with sandwiches and coffees. Visitors who do not have cars can freely access to car and car rental services here. A role of spatial design for marketing advertisement is a visualization of marketing concept. This establishment tells a story of young people amusing themselves, parking a cars nearby in a campground.
Designer : Archicept city
BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE Sangenjaya
BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE Sangenjaya has a nice court and a kind of long cul-de-sac lane as an approach. Visitors are firstly welcomed by a coffee-dripping counter behind the front facade and are to turn a corner of customer seating and then to reach a tidy court in the back where they are far from the hustle and bustle of a city, accessing to an entrance of a gallery next to the cafe.
The floor is all precast concrete. James Freeman, the cafe owner, got inspiration of the spatial design he when saw framed concrete on the construction site remembering “esprit rude / esprit doux” where he once played an instrument.
Designer : Schemata Architects
Los Angels based THE COUNTER has already fortyfive stores globally and this branch in Tokyo Midtown Building is the first one in Japan offering its renowned hamburger.
This establishment can provide more than one million kinds of hamburgers combining various ingredients. In the center of the interior, there is a U-shaped counter where you can order on the spot. Also there are table seating and a island beverage counter.
Natural stone counter top, wood walls and ceilings, industrial lamps, and pop graphic are noticeable elements of the interior.
Designer : RIC DESIGN
BREAD ESPRESSO JIYUGATA
+ NANTOKA PRESSO
This site-specific bakery cafe project makes dynamic interior, buffering the borders of elements like wall, windows, chairs, and openings. Pondering the conditions of the oblong site, the architect found out effective allocation of each area, allowing for existing space composition, traffic lines, and ergonomics. From the results of simulation of tensile force, some parts of the interior infill curved elements were selected. Some parts of the interior looks hand-made but they are designed interns of rational and versatile techniques and materials like dry boarding, which makes it possible to give enjoyable free expressions via general construction process.
Designer : Aki Hamada Architects
Laundromat & Cleaner’s as Community Hub
These laundries, targeting people in those community, are different from common one that is stark and narrow with full length of laundry machines. These project as hubs attract a lot of local people and make them communicate among others. Here are interviews with the designer and operator about their ambitions and backdrop stories.
SPACE FOR MEMORIAL SERVICE
Styles and systems of contemporary funeral service is changing drastically. With the diversification of family and personal views on values of life, new types of tomb, charnel house, and funeral hall are mushrooming across the country. For example, Kuramae Ryoen is a charnel temple with an automating transport system. A rest house of Inagawa chapel and cemeteries lure visitors to meditation. Mori-no-teitaku is a hotel-like one-ceremony-a-day reserved hall. Other four intriguing projects.
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