SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama | Kengo Kuma & Associates
‘SunnyHills at Minami-Aoyama’ is a shop specialized in selling pineapple cake (popular sweet in Taiwan) and it has the shape of a bamboo basket.
It is built on a joint system called “Jiigoku-Gumi”, traditional method used in Japanese wooden architecture (often observed in Shoji: vertical and cross pieces in the same width are entwined in each other to form a muntin grid).
see visualization video about ‘SunnyHills’
Normally the two pieces intersect in two dimensions, but here they are combined in 30 degrees in 3 dimensions (or in cubic), which came into a structure like a cloud.
With this idea, the section size of each wood piece was reduced to as thin as 60mm×60mm.
As the building is located in middle of the residential area in Aoyama, we wanted to give some soft and subtle atmosphere to it, which is completely different from a concrete box.
We expect that the street and the architecture could be in good chemistry.
useful link: SunnyHills Japan
architects: Kengo Kuma & Associates
location: 3-10-20 Minamiaoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
function: cake shop
project team: Kengo Kuma + Kenji Miyahara, Hiroaki Akiyama, Yuteki Dozono, Masahiro Minami
structural engineering: Jun Sato Structural Engineering
facilities: Kankyo Engineering
HVAC: San-ei Setsubi Kogyo
plumbing: San-ei Setsubi Kogyo
electric: Kokko Systems
construction: Satohide Corporation
site area: 175.69 m²
built area: 102.36 m²
total floor area: 293.00 m²
structural system: reinforced concrete, partially timber (3F + RF)
completion period: December 2013
photographs: Daici Ano, Ken Lee
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