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.
ARKHE beauty salon in Chiba, Japan by Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
August 13th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
We designed a beauty salon named ARKHE (refers to the ancient belief that water is the source of all creation) around the theme of water.
This is a space made up by the charm of its raw materials, thus, by using aluminum and bringing out the beauty of the material we bring into existence a space filled with transient and ever-changing light, like the reflection of light on the surface of water.
iF Design Award “Gold Award” (Germany )
INTERIOR DESIGN Best of Year Awards 2011 “Best of Year 1st prize” ( USA )
SBID(Society of British Interior Design) International Award “Best Commercial Space 1st prize” (UK)
red dot design award (Germany)
International Architecture Awards Shortlist (USA)
Design for Asia Awards “Merit Award” (HongKong )
Modern Decoration International Media Award “Annual Commercial Space Award 1st prize “（China )
Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designers Award
Japan Display Design Association Award
Japan Sign Design Association Award
Japan Kids Design Association Award
The walls are painted in a silver shade that mimics the glimmering reflection of light on the surface of water.
The aluminum’s flow changes freely while providing a function and atmosphere suited to each area:
This allows to minutely perceive the changes in light throughout the day(from bright white during the day to more emotional blue and purple hues by night),according to the viewer’s location and the passage of time, as well as to experience a space with transient and diverse atmospheres.
Water is the source of all life, and this space projects an image of clarity as a beauty salon in pursuit of the origin of beauty.
Moreover, since they give the space its singularity, we adapted the assembly method of the aluminum ceiling parts so as to be able to disassemble and reinstall them when moving the business to a different location. In doing so, we devised a way to effectively reduce the costs of moving
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