Red Bull Music Academy | Kengo Kuma and Associates
© Mitsumasa Fujitsuka

Japan 2014Red Bull Music Academy

Tokyo
Interior | Commercial
Completed
1,130
4F

Red Bull runs a “mobile” Music Academy that travels around the world. We designed the interior for their Tokyo version of the project. The idea is contrasting to that of a conventional school in a fixed location. We expressed the students’ liberal atmosphere by using old material, fabric (jute), pallet for forklift, which all feel friendly and street-wise.

For spacing also, we removed the old static division of corridor and room, and brought in the idea of Roji (side street) and Engawa (semi outdoor veranda), more animated spaces, to realize a relaxed connection between rooms.

Furniture was also down-to-earth, modeled on a feel from Zabuton (floor cushion) or tatami (straw mat). By translating sense of using them into the modern context, we did away with the strict image of old schools.

Team Javier Villar Ruiz, Takumi Saikawa*, Yuteki Dozono*, Michael Sypkens*, Balazs Bognar Construction Nihon Onkyo Engineering Publication Shoten Kenchiku 2014/12 Vol.159 Photography ©︎ Mitsumasa Fujitsuka