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Sfera Building / Claesson Koivisto Rune

  • Architects: Claesson Koivisto Rune
  • Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects: Claesson Koivisto Rune
  • Project Team: Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, Ola Rune, Kumi Nakagaki, Patrick Coan
  • Client: Shigeo Mashiro, Ricordi & Sfera co., ltd.
  • Contractor: Sugawara Construction co., ltd.
  • Area: 1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2003
  • Photographs: Claesson Koivisto Rune

© Claesson Koivisto Rune © Claesson Koivisto Rune © Claesson Koivisto Rune © Claesson Koivisto Rune

From the architect. The Sfera Building is a culture centre in Gion containing an art gallery, a design shop, an art book and music store, restaurants, offices and a café.

© Claesson Koivisto Rune
© Claesson Koivisto Rune

Gion is the traditional district of Kyoto. The centuries old low, wooden houses share a typical feature: the sunscreen, made of bamboo, wood or rice paper. We wanted to find a way to make a screen that did the same thing, but in a new way. We picked some leaves from a small cherry tree. In our office, we laid the cherry leaves on a light-table and photographed them. Our leaf image transformed, with the help of computers, into a punched-hole pattern. The resulting facades were a ”leaf screen” that had a monolithic appearance, yet was actually transparent: a titanium veil, creating an intricate play of light and shadow on the interior.

© Claesson Koivisto Rune
© Claesson Koivisto Rune
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