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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.

A Gallery in Tokyo, Japan by Rei Mitsui Architects

 
September 6th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Rei Mitsui Architects

It’s located in an alley close to “Cat Street” near Shibuya, Harajyuku and Omotesando.

The original exterior design was not so bad as the one of 45 years ago. Presumably it was designed by an competent architect. So, as for the exterior, we intended not to change a lot and to show the original design purely.  Actually, we only removed balconies and replaced  two sliding windows with fixed large windows.

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

  • Architects: Rei Mitsui Architects
  • Project: A Gallery
  • Location: Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Jérémie Souteyrat
  • Software used: Autocad and Rhinoceros
  • Structural Engineer: Tetsuya Emura
  • Building area: 75.4m2
  • Gross floor area: 104.8m2
  • Construction dates: Feb 2016 – April 2016

Neat symmetry design doesn’t look like the one of 45 years ago. Without changing a lot, only changing windows and removing balconies, we made the good points of the original design stand out purely, Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Neat symmetry design doesn’t look like the one of 45 years ago. Without changing a lot, only changing windows and removing balconies, we made the good points of the original design stand out purely, Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

There is a fine green wall covered with ivy in the rear building, so we take it in as borrowed scenery. We newly set up large windows and a double height so that you can see the green from anywhere in the gallery space.

The smallest / biggest concept is “extremely-thin entasis”.

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

In the usual way of the renovation -only remove the wall-, many columns still remain.

If dozens of timber columns with the thickness of 10.5cm (approx.15cm diagonally) remain, you cannot feel as one large space.

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

So, we replaced timber columns with “Extremely-thin entasis” – the extremely thin tapered cast stainless-steel pillar. The tapered shape is the result of structural analysis pursuing the ultimate thinness. In addition, we decorated the end of pillar like furniture so that it doesn’t look like a pillar. Thus, we intended to erase the presence of pillar as much as possible.

By “Extremely-thin entasis” and large windows with a full glass of green, the old house has been born again as a light and spacious space suitable for a gallery.

The fine green wall covered with ivy belongs to the rear building. We take it in as borrowed scenery by setting up large windows and a double height, Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

The fine green wall covered with ivy belongs to the rear building. We take it in as borrowed scenery by setting up large windows and a double height, Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Repainted in blue and green. Nothing except color has changed, Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Repainted in blue and green. Nothing except color has changed, Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Making use of the existing Japanese-style room, "Toko-no-ma" is left as it is, Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Making use of the existing Japanese-style room, “Toko-no-ma” is left as it is, Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

The concrete rimmed in silver lines is the existing foundation. It remains as it is at the place where the wall existed, Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

The concrete rimmed in silver lines is the existing foundation. It remains as it is at the place where the wall existed, Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Jérémie Souteyrat

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

Image Courtesy © Rei Mitsui Architects

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