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Gallery Cafe Takeno | Horibe Associates

Words by mooponto Staff

September 29, 2012

This gallery/café is located in the Naramachi district that lies to the south of Kofuku-ji Temple, a World Heritage site.

view from the side alley

A wide, verdant terrace draws the eye of passersby on busy Naramachi Street towards the narrow alley where the café is located.

In order to minimize the sense of the building being an oppressive presence in the neighborhood, we reduced the volume of the section facing the street and took care to choose materials and colors for the roof and exterior walls that blend into the surrounding environment.

The result is a comfortable gallery/café that melts smoothly into a neighborhood whose history reaches back to the eighth century.


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first floor plan:
[1] terrace
[2] car parking space
[3] gallery
[4] cafe
[5] court
[6] kitchen-1
[7] kitchen-2
[8] lavatory
[9] work space

second floor plan:
[10] office
[11] balcony

architects: Horibe Associates architect’s office
location: Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
function: gallery + cafe
site area: 177.35 m²
built area: 81.78 m²
total floor area: 97.73 m²
structural system: wooden construction (2F)
design to completion: February 2010 – August 2010
photographs: Eiji Tomita _ courtesy of Horibe Associates architect’s office


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