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  7. Mirrors / bandesign

Mirrors / bandesign

  • 01:00 - 24 November, 2014
Mirrors / bandesign
Mirrors  / bandesign, © Shigetomo Mizuno
© Shigetomo Mizuno

© Shigetomo Mizuno © Shigetomo Mizuno © Shigetomo Mizuno © Shigetomo Mizuno +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Hisanori Ban Terashima kazumoto
  • Area

    99.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Lighting Design

    Atsuko Fujita / Koizumi Lighting technology
  • Construction Company

    Daisuke Oribe / Oribe
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© Shigetomo Mizuno
© Shigetomo Mizuno

From the architect. A row of cherry trees is planted at an embankment at its basin, and many people visit this location during the cherry-blossom viewing season. There is Mirrors along the avenue.

© Shigetomo Mizuno
© Shigetomo Mizuno

Taking advantage of this location, we intentionally made repeated refractions of the tree. In order to amplify the cherry two mirror walls set up angle position and making a cherry forest on a corner of the town. Overlapping the cherries and reflecting with a warp, the people are invited by it to the forest. In addition, in the café the people could see the cherries and the reflecting cherries at the same time and feel season changing closely.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

Especially vertical roof struts of motif of the tree blanch made them feeling of a rest under the tree.

© Shigetomo Mizuno
© Shigetomo Mizuno

Between two buildings, white gravel makes more reflecting brightly and symbolically expressing the centre of a tree. There are three trees in this site, and the trees are camellia. Camellia makes flowers before cherry blossom. First, camellia is out red flowers, second cherry is out pink flowers. We designed changing season of winter to spring by the colors.


Exterior wall is white steel that is galbanum plating. Entrance door is red. Interior wall is red and green. Every design and color implies being in the forest intentionally.

© Shigetomo Mizuno
© Shigetomo Mizuno
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Hunter · November 26, 2014

That poor tree is going to get baked every day during the summer; south facing walls, no overhang, and with mirror-walls no less. Still, this project looks beautiful and the inside is full of charm. Really nice tree mimicry in the truss system.

Maikerun · November 26, 2014

How wonderful! A house that isn't there. Or seems to be. The house in itself is so cute and homely and then has this amazing Sakura-shrine. A wonderful contrast. It will definitely inspire me to design something with mirrors.

tsukiyo · November 25, 2014

Sun shouldn't be an issue because its a low rise. Its simple and effective, very beautiful.


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