Tamagawa Takashimaya Grand Patio / Yuko Nagayama & Associates
Textual content description supplied by the architects. Guided by a design idea of “Library & Artwork,” this renovation of a business constructing with a fifty-year historical past offers a spot for group members to relaxation and calm down. Our design transforms the spacious atrium into an intimate enclave that resembles a park in some locations and a non-public library in others, providing alternatives for guests to come across books and artwork. Three major parts compose the house: an assemblage of lights, cabinets for encountering tales, and parklike greenery. Comprised of 669 bulbs and 1338 cords, the assemblage of lights is essentially the most distinctive function of the venture. By various the peak of the suspended bulbs, we constructed 4 ceiling vaults between the columns. Bulbs are suspended like necklace pendants from two skinny cords hung at convergent 40-degree angles.
The white strains overlap to kind a nimbus overhead that’s illuminated by the suspended bulbs. We carried out weight calculations and made mockups to find out the burden obligatory to stop the longest cords, measuring 5 meters, from slackening. The bulbs are made from carved acrylic relatively than glass, making certain security if they’re ever knocked. Of the 2 cords used to hold every bulb, chrome steel wire was inserted within the one with out electrical wiring as an extra security measure to stop bulbs from falling. To forestall the carved acrylic cavities from shining too brightly from the sunshine mirrored inside them, we experimented with totally different varieties to keep away from further distorted mirrored gentle.
Our second technique for creating an intimate environment was to attach guests with new books by arranging them so their covers are seen. The e book director additionally chosen significant quotes to show below every e book. One shelf is dedicated to artwork, with books and instruments that had been necessary to artists giving guests a behind-the-scenes have a look at the inventive course of. Two of the columns within the atrium are adorned with artists’ murals evocative of the expertise of studying. Extra bookshelves within the second-floor café maintain 100 books about bread and occasional.
The third component, parklike greenery, is achieved by way of planters that reference the district’s historical past as a resort space for Tokyoites. The collection of native Japanese crops was impressed by well-known wooded resorts reminiscent of Karuizawa and Todoroki Ravine, the place metropolis dwellers went to flee the summer season warmth. Some planters embrace house for seasonal plantings, bringing the 4 seasons inside. Business services are more and more searching for out designs that replicate the UN Sustainable Improvement Objectives. With that in thoughts, we made in depth use of sustainable supplies reminiscent of scrap wooden for the inside finishes and furnishing. Since its opening, the house has drawn many guests who spend time enjoyable and having fun with the artwork and books.