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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.

Nakagawa ShotenOmotesnado Shop & Office in Tokyo, Japan by Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects

 
March 15th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects

At first I was pleasantly surprised to discover this land filled with such lush greenery in Aoyama, in the middle of Tokyo. I wanted to provide the same kind of pleasant surprise to customers of this shop, both on the first and second floors.  The building stood there, simple and open towards the existing greenery, and seemed to harmonize with the vitality of the land. Respecting such surrounding environment, we tried to minimize the infill construction and composed the interior with furniture instead.

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

  • Architects: Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects 
  • Project: Nakagawa ShotenOmotesnado Shop & Office
  • Location: 5-43-7 Jingu-mae Shibuya, Aoyama, Tokyo, japan 
  • Photography: Kenta Hasegawa
  • Project Team: Masami Nakata, Kosuke Nakano / Schemata Architects
  • Construction: DECOR Co.,Ltd.
  • Collaboration: Seijun Nishihata/Sora Botanical Garden (plant)
  • Floors: 2
  • Floor area: 378.8 M2
  • Structure: RC
  • Completion: 01/2015

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

The site is located at a certain distance from the busy district, and we needed to come up with a different design from their previous shop-in-shop style. In addition, they are hopingto make necessary modifications as they go along.

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Our solution was to design display units based on standard modules that can be moved and assembled freely. In order to avoid a monotonous appearance, we placed clear acrylic units in / on wooden units irregularly, while deliberately breaking a sense of stability to a certain degree. Such irregular breaks in the visual sequence create different impressions of displayed products according to viewpoints.

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

There is a traditional Japanese gardening concept of the“borrowed scenery”, or using the surrounding natural scenery as the background. In the second floor office, we not only wanted to “borrow” the surrounding greenery as the background, but also tried to integrate it with the interior space by planting trees on the desks, thanks to the great help from Seijun Nishihata.

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Kenta Hasegawa

Image Courtesy © Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects

Image Courtesy © Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects

Image Courtesy © Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects

Image Courtesy © Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects

Image Courtesy © Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects

Image Courtesy © Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects

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