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Karis / Suppose Design Office

  • 01:00 - 23 February, 2010
Karis / Suppose Design Office
Karis / Suppose Design Office, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
  • Project Team

    Makoto Tanijiri, Kazutaka Sumi
  • Structure

    Cardboard Tubes
  • Client

    Kazuin Ltd
  • Area

    117.7 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. This is a boutique project for “karis” in a shopping center in Hiroshima.

The space is for shopping but also for holding events. The concept of the store is space that is changing its view or atmosphere depending on where you are standing, such as caves or limestone caves. At some points the place offers a view to the end of the store, and also it has an area surrounded by the inner partitions. The experience walking through the artificial yet random space would be close to something like walking in nature. The purpose of the design is to offer a new shopping experience that people could see products through strolling in nature.

© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

The materials of the partitions are paper tubes that are strong and easy to work with, and moreover, they are using for tubes to roll up cloths. The tubes are layered randomly as to be uneven surfaces and create arch shapes as partition for the store.

Because of the arches, the store creates various spaces that are irregular and complex, such as caves in nature. The boutique could be used in different way with the unique characteristics of the partitions through a year. We believe that the store would be a chance to find a new and fresh relationship between people and products.

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Art Creations Mag · March 13, 2012
monica · January 19, 2011

I'd be a little scary to stay there

YILUN ZHANG · September 09, 2010

Reading: "Karis / Suppose Design Office | ArchDaily"( )

Quel Mendes · September 08, 2010
mais tubos de papel..em shopping center de Hiroshima ; )

ennio vicenzoni · July 26, 2010

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Portix · May 07, 2010

He remebers me ALHAMBRA in Granada,Spain

up_today_arch · February 25, 2010

I am tired of this kind of projects... Interior from pipes, interior from books, from boxes ets. Common! Come back to architecture! Siop your design equilibristics!

Dan · February 25, 2010

Looks like a cave, with stalactites and the lighting looks like it could be from a mine.

ALI AROOJ BHATTY · February 24, 2010

NICE PLAY OF A SUSTAINABLE MATERIAL-an ORGANIC project...and in the long run this turns out to have positive effects, so who are we to complain about the subliminal effects? Altho it reminds me of a project located in Reggio Emilia, in northern Italy, and designed by Francesca Signori "eBARRITO store"

Rouan · February 23, 2010

Yeah i like the idea and all and even though I think it is a clever choice of material, it does make the spaces look overly busy. Its a little too much...when I look at the pictures my eye actually doesn't know where to look.

Christian · February 23, 2010

I think that the reason it feels uncomfortable for me at least is the scaling. The overall shop space is small and limited, but then to add in three of these large bulky pavilions makes zones within the shop seem cramped. A feeling of being intimidated by the structures seems to come through the photos. Cathedrals are beautiful with their arches and inherent weight, but they also give a significant amount of space between the inhabitants and the ceilings. Perhaps some editing of the pavilions could lead to a more complimentary intervention design.

Just my opinion though...

sajad · February 23, 2010

simple idea and economic, reminding many projects,still interesting but yet i feel something unpleasing.
i suppose this "unpleasing thing" was out of designers control and is made by materials used, because economy was a goal.

eb · February 23, 2010

i think they photoshopped the pendant fixtures and they look weird. Also, even though the structures are interesting and somewhat chaotic I think they look weird against the ceiling.

Graham Cowen · February 23, 2010

This is groovy ... Clever use of materials, fo&#39 sho&#39 RT @archdaily Karis / Suppose Design Office

sumati · February 23, 2010

ummm.. at first even i liked it. but after looking at it for a while, honestly, i would'n like walking in such a place. something is displeasing about it.

Hyeong Seok Youn · February 23, 2010

RT @archdaily: Karis / Suppose Design Office

chas · February 23, 2010

I like the design. actually reminds of being and church with the big pipe organs.
I think my only comment is that the space seems to dark. there is no lighting on the cloths themselves. for a showroom space the design should serve as a backdrop to the cloths but in this space the cloths area all in shadow in just dont seem appealing. it could be that this is just a nature of the photographs and the space is actually much brighter.

Janne · February 23, 2010

This looks like a quite direct copy of the Sibelius Monument in Helsinki, Finland. It was designed in 1967 by Eila Hiltunen and consists of 600 hollow steel pipes.

For pictures of the monument, see Google:

Or Flick:

mickey mao · February 24, 2010 11:36 AM

My thoughts exactly.

Perhaps this explains why some of the other comments feel like the project is from the 60s.

Sibelius monument is great as a stand alone sculpture. This interior doesn't connect with anything, and tries to become the background for what... selling shirts?

maybe it is only temporary.

dev · February 23, 2010

even i dont like the interior finsishes...but just love the design concept..

Geoff Brown · February 23, 2010 09:35 PM

Everything reminds us of something, and the older I get (65), the more reminders I have in my experience. I love what they've done w/ the tubes, but would like to see some work with colors & finishes. Perhaps using the limestone cave theme to it's end without changing the original tube forms.

yeah · February 23, 2010

Kind of interesting but my first impression was that this design looks dated - like it was fashionable in the past and hasn't aged very well.

I would probably walk inside and think - "oh an interesting 60's interior - wow the material has aged pretty well" ;)

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