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Japan 2022Tottori Takahama Café


We designed an observatory/café that overlooks the Tottori Sand Dunes, using wood abundantly in a hybrid structure of cross-laminated timber and reinforced concrete.
Envisioned as a “staircase to the sky,” the cross-laminated timber exterior provides a warm texture that blends in with the surrounding sand dunes.

As an homage to Tottori, which is well-known for folk crafts (“Mingei”) culture, interior elements incorporate local craftsmanship. Chairs are designed with cross-laminated timber, while light pendants are made of Washi paper sprinkled with local sand.
The bathroom sinks are made by Nakai-gama, a Tottori Mingei pottery workshop, which uses a beautiful combination of green and black glazing.

Team Minoru Yokoo, Taichi Kuma, Hirono Yamamoto, Yoo Shiho, Kyoko Mase Construction Taisei Corporation Cooperation Taisei Corporation Facility Taisei Corporation Illumination Daiko Electric Company Others Daiwa Kensetsu Photography ©︎ Kawasumi-Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office