Tokyo based architecture studio Yuko Nagayama & Associates has recently designed a trapezoidal-shaped store in Maebashi, Japan for a eyewear store. Designed for brand JINS, the store is entirely wrapped in copper. The eyewear store comprising a cafe and rooftop terrace function as a space for the social interactions and meetings. It does not matter whether the visitor has come for shopping or just for creating connections. The structure has a wide staircase that has a cafe’s servery and the shop’s consultation rooms underneath. Read more about this fascinating project below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
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Located at Gunma prefecture in JINS Park, this trapezoidal shaped building is the architectural marvel of Tokyo-based studio Yuko Nagayama & Associates. "We proactively created public spaces that are not part of the sales floor, which encourages community members to come for reasons other than shopping," the studio explained.”
The architects did not open the second floor for customers, instead they utilized it as a terrace and also incorporated a bakery-cafe in the store. They visualized the space as an indoor community plaza with coffee and food served along with glasses being sold.
Triangular Staircase For Segregation
The huge space is divided into two through the central triangular staircase that features a cafe on one side and the glasses store on the other side. The large stair leads to the first floor terrace.
This wide staircase also contains an extra seating area and a triangular, outdoor terrace. This is an open area where children can have fun and run around. Further, it has several benches for people to sit and talk.
Freestanding Timber Units Showcase Glasses
The interior encompasses a number of freestanding timber units which are lighted by floor-to-ceiling windows with the roof supported by angled.
One side the eyewear shop comprises glasses that are on display for sale, tie other side cafe offers food and pastries
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A Roof Terrace On The Top
The trapezoidal building is tapped with a sulphurised-copper facade that imitates the reddish-brown Mount Akagi, which is visible from the shop.
A neatly manicured landscape garden paves the way for the visitor to JINS Park, before being welcocmed by the central staircase which offers the expansive views of the garden, store and the street. The ground floor opens into laid back outdoor spaces
Project Type: Eyestore
Architecture Firm: Yuko Nagayama & Associates
Client: JINS Brand
Location: Maebashi, JapanMaebashi, Japan
Photo Courtesy: Daici Ano and Tomoyuki Kusunose.
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