Floyd KITTE Marunouchi | Schemata Architects / Jo Nagasaka
Ceiling is exposed. Floor is unfinished, showing rough undercoat mortar. Walls are plainly finished with vinyl tile. Walking into this space and one would hardly recognize it as a newly built shop. Lauan plywood boxes, varying in size and shape, are scattered here and there. From a distance it seems to be still ‘under construction’-or looks like a loading deck.
As a visitor approaches the shop, he/she discovers something extraordinary there: shiny metal ducts hanging overhead, and delicately crafted lauan wooden boxes-they are almost like artwork. Then he/she comes inside and discovers more exquisite features: sharp and thin edges of acrylic shelves radiating beautiful gradation of vivid colors – and the colors change according to a viewer’s position. The eyes follow the beautiful shelves, and finally capture the sight of Floyd’s original products displayed on top.
We imagined a whole scenario of a visitor’s perceptual journey – and materialize it in this shop.
architects: Schemata Architects / Jo Nagasaka
location: Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
project team: Jo Nagasaka + Tomoki Katada
construction: zycc, ofc
total floor area: 63.00 m²
structural system: S (1F)
completion period: February 2013
photographs: Kenta Hasegawa
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