Kilico / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

Kilico / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

© Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki © Ken'ichi Suzuki + 13

  • Architects: Makoto Yamaguchi Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 125.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009
  • Photographs photographs: Ken'ichi Suzuki
  • Lighting Design: Luxie, Mayumi Kondo
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© Ken'ichi Suzuki
© Ken'ichi Suzuki

© Ken'ichi Suzuki
© Ken'ichi Suzuki

Located in Daikanyama, one of Tokyo's trendiest areas, 'kilico.' is a hair salon housed in an attractive space in the basement of a commercial building with a skylight built in 1983 that has seen many prior tenants. When we first went to view the site, it was in an extremely stripped down state. Even though the interior layout had basically remained the same, there were many traces left behind by previous occupants on the floor and walls a flat mortar wall next to an unfinished concrete block wall, and a whole host of dents and depressions of various sizes in the coarse concrete floor.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

We decided to leave these textural details intact and incorporate them into the design for the new salon, so we painted the walls over in white and filled the depressions of various sizes with mortar.

© Ken'ichi Suzuki
© Ken'ichi Suzuki

Looking at the white wall that extends downwards from the ceiling until the floor, for example, you can see an entire gradient of different textures: the surface of a concrete block gradually changes into a surface riddled with holes that probably appeared when it was dismantled, which then segues into a panel with a completely flat and even finish, ending up as a fairly flat surface at the very bottom.

After we had filled the depressions in the floor with mortar in order to make it flat, a map-like pattern emerged - what we call a "time map". The design of 'kilico.' is based on these vestiges of past "time" - traces of previous incarnations of this building that have been given a new lease of life.

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Address: Daikanyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0034, Japan

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: "Kilico / Makoto Yamaguchi Design" 05 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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