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Sarugaku / Akihisa Hirata

  • 01:00 - 30 October, 2008
Sarugaku / Akihisa Hirata
Sarugaku / Akihisa Hirata

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects

    Akihisa Hirata
  • Program

  • Constructed Area

    851.5 sqm
  • Area

    538.0 sqm
  • Project Year


From the architect. This is a set of commercial tenant building in Daikanyama, Tokyo.

From legal condition it was demanded to build several small volumes in narrow site, and we decided to make several volumes that seemed to be mountains.

Thereby valley-shaped space between mountains is formed, where people and displayed things will overflow. Each shop can enlarge itself on the mountain-shaped volumes.

Lengthwise windows extend over floors, and they seems all together straight from a certain direction.

It is also planned that windows penetrate volumes. Thereby each mountain-shaped volume is connected and people can experience mysterious time as if they walk in forest of illusion.

We aim at making vigorous buildings which acquires strength by overflowing with things and people.

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Jasem Nadoum · February 23, 2012

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kao · January 30, 2012

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Eki Achmad Rujai S · September 27, 2011

setelah ke Sarugaku - Akhisisa Hirata, ternyata retail di lantai 2 menjual brokat dan kebaya |

Toms Kokins · September 12, 2011

Lieliska alternat?va lielveikaliem - nedz?vo savu dz?vi, bet organiski turpina pils?tas musturu #favorits_nr1

Pattakin · August 16, 2011

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doron rosmarin · June 14, 2011

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alonso cano · August 05, 2010

Sarugaku / Akihisa Este si es un proyecto de Comercios

wish · October 26, 2009

these stairs make the space vital...

wish · October 26, 2009

i love this game !

One · October 24, 2009

This is not Japan, but should be located elsewhere in Spain...

billy · October 24, 2009

I have been to this project recently. In regards to staircase, it really isn't a problem in Japan. Japanese often walk stairs unlike America.

mark · June 09, 2009

having said that there are a lot of people with baby cars there as well and they just dont go there or they wait downstairs as the wife goes shopping- how yuppy. Its a boutique area and has no feel like a shotengai (japanese market or shopping street). I like the look but I dont like how it pushes the gentrification of Daikanyama. That is a big danger with great looking design. The people in the models and sketches become just that prototype models not real people. It creates an environment for high expensive trendy design. The rents go up, old historic architecture comes tumbling down and high rises move in for living space for the people who used to stop by on the weekends but now want to live there. It is happening there especially in the last 10 years.

Dont get me wrong the modernist in me loves it, the flow- of people, air, just not the flow of rich people's money.

Architects spend too much time in trendy cafes leafing through trendy beutiful magazines and in their offices talking abouit people and making sketches. I love the build design process the opposite of this process.

mark · June 09, 2009

The stairs are not a huge problem because Daikanyama is filled with hills and if you dont want exercise dont go there. I am submitting a proposal for a "deadspace" there. A temporary structure that would be in contrast to the original purpose.

AL · April 13, 2009

refreshing to see tangible ideas that engage the urban and programs that ultimately translates to architectural experience!

lee · April 02, 2009


JaM · December 20, 2008

i meant to say "I think japan is perhaps known for its minimalism and simplicity, and having stairs and an elevator, or an escalator, would simply take away from the simplicity of the structures.

JaM · December 20, 2008

I don't know if I'd consider the stairs to be a problem really, some might say that we say that because we're (I'm assuming) a western country, and probably aren't use to climbing stairs (certainly not in commercial environments) for whatever reason. I think japan is perhaps known for its minimalism and simplicity, and having stairs instead of stairs and an elevator, or an escalator would simply take away from the simplicity of the structures.

cgarcia · December 12, 2008

interesting, this space has many vitality, this is the proyect.

samlee · November 28, 2008

nice work!

vv · November 17, 2008

most refreshing project in quite some time!
love it! it has that old market feel to it with great respect to the location.

???? · November 06, 2008

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human scale?? ???? ???? ?? ????....???~

negin · November 06, 2008

it's interesting for me .

Stephen · November 03, 2008
Stephen · November 03, 2008

Regardless, I like the work!

Chris · November 02, 2008

by the way...weren't Nishizawa and Sejima also in Ito's office a very long time ago...?

Chris · November 02, 2008

and Nishizawa is Sanaa...together with Kazuyo Sejima...but I can certainly see influences from this office to this work...but maybe it is the other way around...let's say it is something 'in the air'...

harasho · November 02, 2008

not SANAA. but he was in Toyo Ito&Associates.

Stephen · November 01, 2008

That sketch looks like one of Nishizawa's. A former employee at SANAA?

Maria-Louiza Laopodi · October 31, 2008

I would agree on the disadvantage of staircases. Is there an elevator maybe somewhere on site? I would like to know what kind of shops/ retail activities take place in this project. It looks more like a group of architectural/ design offices rather than shopping. Unless of course, it's a Japanese way of shopping. I am sorry, I do not know. I very much like the models and the photo of the project finished and full of people.

Francisco · October 31, 2008

The only problem I can see, is that the stores located upstairs probably will not receive as many customers in comparison to the basement. For every second floor store you want to go you'll have a staircase. Second floors seems to be not communicated between them.
Customers could get tired of climb so many stairs.

dennis · October 30, 2008

nice, I love this project. It is a shame something like this couldnt be done in the states. ADA wouldnt allow something like this without handicap access to the upper floors. Though in concept would be a great idea for urban shopping in neighborhoods and districts.


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