Where Yamate Street passes over Chuo Line in Tokyo, stand several old wooden buildings from the 1960s. The project is a renovation of one of the buildings into a café.
To create a sense of unity between the two floors, Arii Irie Architects conceived the upper level as a floating ship inserted into the building envelope, by partially demolishing the existing floors at both ends of the building. At the rear end of the site, a small triangular terrace was installed overlooking the train tracks, and two additional wall openings were designed to connect the interior and the terrace. The narrow old wooden building is interpreted as a new viewpoint of the city, a small intimate space in between large scale urban infrastructure.


TypeInterior, RetailYear2022StatusCompletedLocationTokyo, JapanArea64m2CollaborationSugio Lighting Design Office (Lighting Design)ContractortodoPhotographyKaoru Yamada

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