Koé Donuts | Kengo Kuma and Associates
© Masaki Hamada (kkpo)

Japan 2019Koé Donuts

2019.3
Kyoto
Interior | Cafe/Restaurant/Retail
Completed
416
1F

We designed a factory / café for doughnuts located in the Shin Kyogoku arcade in central Kyoto, where you can closely watch the process of doughnut-making and eat them on site at the same time. The shop is based on a “wa” theme, which means Japanese spirit, and reflects the concept of “local consumption of locally produced goods” in the entire space. We extensively used bamboo from Arashi-yama to create a gentle “cave of bamboo” which has a soothing effect. For the application of the bamboo, we collaborated with Takesada Shoten (which specializes in bamboo work) and crafted 572 bamboo baskets made using traditional hexagonal weaving. We then attached the baskets to the base surface with specially invented flexible joints to realize a cave of bamboo that appears as random and natural as a real cave.

Team Minoru Yokoo, Tomoyuki Yokoi*, Lee Yuen Yin Facility P.T.Morimura & Associates Publication GA JAPAN 175 , Shoten Kenchiku 2019/12 Vol.64 No.12 Photography ©︎ Masaki Hamada / Kkpo