“ŌYANE” is a gallery & shop of Japanese pottery company, SAIKAI TOKI, located in Hasami, Nagasaki which is well-known for a pottery production. The original plan was just to call in more customers to the shop on the basement floor. We figured out a better plan to convert the first floor’s storehouse into a new store space by adding a new entrance to the wall, elevator, and steps. The first floor’s new space became a gallery with a café counter. In the outside, we created an only-roof-structure and a bathroom to provide a space for an outdoor market or a workshop.
Regarding building materials, we picked up local materials based on the idea “making use of the local”. Pottery stones, broken pieces, plastic boxes for transportation, and old pottery mold are adopted for wall and counter. Lightings and signs are also made by pottery. The symbolic big roof has a shape frequently seen in this area. We tried to present energy or story of Hasami by discovering dormant potentialities and editing them. (KEI HARADA / DO.DO.)
This is gallery & office of CoorsTek, engineering ceramics company. The keywords for their rebranding project were described as “Pure, Repeat, and Clarity”. Those words express their product, namely, pure ceramics that repeatedly has clarity. This idea is also reflected to their new corporate identity, Dot. We planned to make people to experience CoorsTek by carrying through 3 keywords. Because lighting dots continue unlimitedly, people get confused just like they get lost in the light. The light moves interactively and shows a movie of CoorsTek’s brand and product. The office is designed also based on the same concept, “Pure, Repeat, and Clarity”. Functions of new working style are organized and very pure icons are created. We made zones with repeating icons and constructed the space by placing the zones. （Wataru Sato／KOKUYO）
【CoorsTek Gallery & Office】
Location：OSAKI WIZ CITY 9F & 10F, 2-11-1, Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Direction & Design：KOKUYO Wataru Sato
Project management：CW Facility Solution Kaoru Sumida
Movie & Music contents(LED wall)：GRATRI Ryuji Wada Toshimi Okada Kiyohiko Fukushima
Lighting contents(LED wall)：OSRAM Hiroshi Miyake
Lighting planning & advisory(LED wall)：muse-D Shinya Imazu Masahiro Tsuchihashi
Photo：Nacasa & Partners
“SUSgallery”, which sells titanium cups inspired by the pottery and made by the industrial technology of Tsubame city in Niigata prefecture, opened their first in-store shop in COREDO Muromachi. The shop is designed to provide a new value. In the 30.48㎡small space, we chose 0.005mm stainless foil with crease effect and weathered lumber as materials which stretches both vertically and horizontally. The titanium cups with soft colors or rich expressions suggestive of the natural world show a brand-new value against the background of the two materials. (Tatsuo Yamamoto)
Nowadays, both new and old exist in Asakusabashi area, Tokyo. The renewal of the showroom of “KAMISM”, the company of Japanese paper, took place here and the fundamental aim was to make the best place for visitors to create something new. The key for the design was to make the minimum and flexible space to show traditional Japanese material in a totally new way. In this space, it was important to suggest many usage of Japanese paper as well as to display them beautifully like gallery.
On the wall near to the entrance, many small pieces of various paper were arranged in a row using Visplay system by Vitra company and this allow the space to create a scene with color story.
Also, the mirror, reflecting those papers, gave expanse to the space. It made easy for visitors to see products closely and for staffs to change display regularly. In the middle of showroom, the ceiling-height removable wall of Japanese paper was set. This too was one of the equipment to allow visitors to imagine the actual interior using this traditional material. At the inner part of the showroom, the special space called “black box” was set. In the bar-like space, paneled Japanese paper transmitted light and let visitors feel the expression of Japanese paper. Finally, the facade was designed with the image of “paper” and its snow-white body and indirect light was visible enough from distance, especially at night; it made this place easy to be identified both visually and conceptually. (Ichiro Nishiwaki)
In order to create an open and friendly space, we covered the entire space by combining the showroom and storage and also expanding the furniture size to a structural scale. The huge 5 meters high shelf, which visualizes the amount of collection, spatially expresses the affluent investigation and activities of this bicycle culture center. The 54 wooden drawers exhibits and stores bicycles and several parts, presenting the fun to see and familiarity differently from glass-made showcases. The top panels of the drawers have enough strength to function as floors, creating traffic lines of guests and the fun to watch them at the same time. By placing the custom-made furniture, we hope the exhibition and storage get united and thus visitors will feel more familiarity with the history and culture of bicycles.
(Yuki Shibata / Naoki Kato / Kahori Sumiyoshi)
“TRi TERASU” creates a new form of light by developing light devices using LED and light guiding technologies. It was a renovation project of their new head office relocated to a building in front of Akihabara station. The design concept is “Phenomenon” of light. The building itself provides several experiences of light as a place for transmitting Tri TERASU brand. Their major item is a light guide plate. Usually this item is used for a light source of signboards so it takes a background role. But here we adopted it as a finishing material for a surface which is a major factor of space compositions. There are streaming light belts, mixed and dissolved colors, sequences of the real and fake, etc. We sprinkled spaces where you can experience phenomenon created from several lighting effects made by Tri TERASU’s advantages, LED and light guide plates. The entire building functions as a laboratory where phenomenon of light in space is investigated. We successfully designed not a certain figure but phenomenon of light which is born from incorporeality. The building makes a borderline of a town and itself vague and takes in energy of Akihabara. The space transmits a new light culture of Tri TERASU. (Kazuhiko Tarumi / LADAKH DESIGN ASSOCIATES)
【TRi TERASU building】 Location：1-10, Kanda sakuma cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Open：Feb. 10th, 2014
Designer：LADAKH DESIGN ASSOCIATES Kazuhiko Tarumi
Floor area：2,451.26㎡ ( 10 stories including 1 story underground )
“The pursuit of the essence of light” is a philosophy of “Yamagiwa Osaka Showroom” which was established based on the concept, “Prism” that diffuses, dissolves, and reflects informations and cultures. A dynamic red stairway not only changes point of sight but also splits space efficiently as a wall. In a back room there are many devices with that professionals can make different experiments. Space is filled with various playful spirits such as a streaming light operated by sensors, an illusion made by prism films, and artificial rainbows. (Kenji Yonezawa / NIKKEN SPACE DESIGN)
【YAMAGIWA Osaka Showroom】 Location：Osaka daini yuraku building 1F, 4-1-7 Honmachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Open：Jan 24th, 2014 Designer：NIKKEN SPACE DESIGN Kenji Yonezawa, Mao Nakanoin Floor area：430㎡ Photo：Nacasa & Partners
Lexus has opened its very first flagship space as a global brand. This was a project to create a new conceptual “space” to cast the spotlight on the phenomena and people surrounding Lexus. The design evokes the feeling of a clubhouse or salon that can serve as a platform for gathering and sharing a variety of information and activities. Inside the three story building are a café, a garage that can be utilized as a gallery, a lounge, and a clubroom. The various Lexus elements and technologies are incorporated in the design in a subtle, understated way from the screen on the façade that is inspired by the Lexus spindle grille to the wall made up of car parts. The space achieves a fine balance, embodying Lexus throughout without being overly assertive, appealing to the diverse population that visits Aoyama. （Masamichi Katayama / Wonderwall）
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Location：4-21-26, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
A showroom of KOIZUMI Lighting Technology Corp was newly born. The showroom is specialized for LED lightings and located in 12th floor of Grand Front Osaka Tower in Umeda, Osaka prefecture. Three sides are windows through which natural light come in to the room and we planned to take advantage of its characteristics. In general, showrooms of lightings shut out natural light and emphasize light of lighting equipment. However, natural light are necessary for human beings and important in daily lives. It also affects our life rhythm and health and we can save energy by using it efficiently. People have covered shortage of natural light by lighting up lightings. We wanted to people to experience “the true relationship between daily lives and natural light” throughout the showroom. First we put fabrics with high transmission looking like fog in order to split the whole room in 4 layers by controlling natural light gradually. Window sides have the strongest natural light and it becomes progressively weaker with distance from the window and contrarily artificial light becomes stronger. It results in making 4 layers of light that have different quality of light in the space. The fabrics absorbing light can make soft and bright expressions and transmit an existence of natural light visually. We redefined the light itself and investigated “passion” and “obsessiveness” for the light of KOIZUMI company. The showroom tells characteristics of the company and its massage clearly.( Ryutaro Matsuura / NOMURA Co., Ltd.)