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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Fujitsubo Beauty Parlor in Tokyo, Japan by Archivision Hirotani Studio

 
November 15th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Archivision Hirotani Studio

This beauty parlor stands in the Omote-sando area of Tokyo, which represents one of the trend setting centers for this metropolis.  The building has three roof openings which pours light into the interior and, which, by slit-like openings in the floor is led into the floors below, reaching the ground floor, which in turn can be seen from the street level through its large glass windows.  Thereby, expressing the image of a “vessel of light.”

Image Courtesy Yuichi Higurashi

  • Architects: Hirotani Yoshihiro + Ishida Yusaku / Archivision Hirotani Studio
  • Project: Fujitsubo Beauty Parlor
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Use:commercial bldg.(beauty parlor)
  • Site Area: 67.88㎡
  • Bldg. Area: 39.98㎡
  • Gross Floor Area: 108.31㎡
  • Bldg. Coverage Ratio: 58.89%
  • Gross Floor Ratio: 159.56%

Image Courtesy Yuichi Higurashi

  • Bldg. Scale: Stories above Ground , Stories below Ground    1basement,2stories
  • Structure: reinforced concrete
  • Max. Height: 9.769m
  • Exterior Finish: copper sheets
  • Design year : 2008
  • Completion year : 2009
  • Structural engineers: Umezawa structural engineers
  • Mechanical engineers: Azu planning
  • General contructors: Daido housing
  • Photographer: Yuichi Higurashi

 

Image Courtesy Yuichi Higurashi

It is, also, a message of “nature” in an area where there is an abundance of “artificial” light. Structurally, the shape of a “barnacle” with its thin yet hard cladding being the image, the three four-cornered conical forms in reinforced concrete are the structural elements for the roof and walls.  Copper sheets cover the intricate shapes of the roof and walls as the finish material for the building, which has incorporated the exterior insulation construction method.  The copper sheets, which change with the passing of time, have been used to express “Time” in an area where information and environments are ever rapidly changing.

This small piece of architecture is an experimental expression of the universal theme of “light” and “time.”

Image Courtesy Yuichi Higurashi

Image Courtesy Yuichi Higurashi

Image Courtesy Yuichi Higurashi

Image Courtesy Yuichi Higurashi

Image Courtesy Yuichi Higurashi

Image Courtesy Yuichi Higurashi

Image Courtesy Yuichi Higurashi

Image Courtesy Yuichi Higurashi

Yoshihiro Hirotani

Yusaku Ishida

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