Showroom H / Akihisa Hirata

Architects: Akihisa Hirata
Location: Nigata, Japan
Program: Showroom, Office
Design Year: 2005
Construction Year: 2006
Site Area: 824 sqm
Constructed Area: 294.2 sqm

This is the building for a showroom exhibiting small agricultural equipments.

I tried to create a place similar to natural environment in an artificial way. People are invited to go deep into the continuity without whole view, where they can find different spread of things in every minute.

This architecture is made by a very simple operation arranging a 5m grid of walls, slicing them diagonally.

However, these diagonal openings create completely different order from “horizontal and vertical”. In a sense, each inclined line contains infinite degree in between “open” and “close”, so that we can feel complex effects of 3-dimentional combination of these lines, which remind us some kinds of natural environments as forest.

I intended to make a continuous space, using the way as clear as possible, where one can feel diverse distances, and a space close to human body with 3-dimentional dynamism.

Cite: "Showroom H / Akihisa Hirata" 10 Nov 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 21 Sep 2014. <>


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    Beauuutifuuul concept!
    not so good resolution
    and a crazy client!

    (I don´t see a relation between the machinery they sell and the space proposed)

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    I like this concept so much! I’d love to see it in a larger scale project.

    Well done!

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    its beautiful but i dont see the relation between the building and what its been constructed for.
    if it were something like a car showroom,now that would be kick-ass!!

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    Beautiful building! I don’t have a garden but if I pass thru I will one of those machines every time!

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    Slightly off the subject maybe, and we all understand that keen gardeners are told from all angles to be green, but it’s also crucial that you think about people cost. For example, a few brands of rotovators may be made with child labor in the Far East. So PLEASE consider the source of your rotovator is coming from when you make a purchase. A cultivator made in the US may not be the cheapest, but it’s a very important choice.

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      ^ US factories, that lead to a disproportionate amount of the world’s co2 emissions? Yes, we should all be green and buy from the US! ‘may be made with child labor’ – you’re clutching at straws Mr Rotovator.

      and great looking project

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