la kagu | Kengo Kuma and Associates
©Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo

Japan 2014la kagu

Commercial | Cafe/Restaurant/Retail

Kagurazaka is one of the few districts in Tokyo that best retains historic townscape. The project was a renovation of a big warehouse of books located on top of Kagurazaka hill, for which we created a public space like a ground, together with a café and a shop.

We opened the house toward the street, and connected its first floor with the crossing using an organic-shaped wooden staircase, which expands just like earth. The stairs diverge in the middle, and one leads up to the second floor. We connected the town and the warehouse, the ground and the architecture, the past and the present.

Team Takumi Saikawa* Construction Shimizu Corporation, C.80 Cooperation Shimizu Corporation Facility Shimizu Corporation Award Good Design Award 2015 Publication JA : The Japan Architect 2017/Winter 104 , DETAIL 2016/10 No.210 , Shinkenchiku 2015/03 , Shoten Kenchiku 2015/03 , Casa BRUTUS 2014/12 Vol.177 , Nikkei Architecture 2014/11/10 No.1035 Photography ©︎ Keishin Horikoshi/SS