Tetchan Shimokitazawa | Kengo Kuma and Associates
© Jimmy Cohrssen

Japan 2017Tetchan Shimokitazawa

Tokyo
Interior | Cafe/Restaurant/Retail
Completed
98
2F

“Tetchan”, a Yakitori (grilled skewered chicken) bar in Shimokitazawa, which is beloved among the younger generation, was relocated to a new site in the same area. In converting the old wooden house to a Yakitori restaurant, our challenge was to preserve the unique atmosphere, a feeling of noise and particles or small objects that their former bar in front of the station possessed.

First, ready-made aluminum sashes were randomly attached to the exterior of the house.
By assembling these off-the-shelf cheap aluminum sashes, we made a facade that amplified the noise emitted by "ordinary" wooden houses that had been covering entire cities in Japan
I’ve always felt that the aluminum sash was bad for the Japanese house, but looking at them now, the noise they generate is quite interesting.

Inside the house, we exposed all of the wooden structure and attached to the stairs old skis and snowboards shaped like a cloud – or perhaps a bunch of rubbish. The stairs create a dynamic “vortex” in the space that swirls with the enthusiasm and heat from the yakitori kitchen.

Team Takashi Taguchi Construction Takishin Publication Shoten Kenchiku 2017/12 Photography ©︎ Jimmy Cohrssen