Harmonica Yokocho Mitaka | Kengo Kuma and Associates
© Jimmy Cohrssen

Japan 2017Harmonica Yokocho Mitaka

Tokyo
Interior | Cafe/Restaurant/Retail
Completed
1F

We first designed Tetchan Yakitori bar at Harmonica Yokocho Kichijoji (2014), and wanted to inherit the atmosphere of those makeshift barrack streets emerging after the war, still present in Kichijoji.
At Tetchan Kichijoji project, the company Nakadai who handles scrap materials helped us with an idea of using LAN cables and acrylic balls. This time in Mitaka, they provided 300 pairs of bicycle spokes, with which we covered the entire façade and the interior. The tables and chairs are also made with the same, allowing us to build a consistent space using spokes as the basic particles.
The spoke is in a way an ultimate structure because it connects the axle and the external wheel with tension alone, and I think that tension is close to the structure of tensegrity that we often use in our design.

Team Minoru Yokoo, Takashi Taguchi Construction Takishin Photography ©︎ Jimmy Cohrssen