LocationKanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
Project DirectorMasaaki Hiromura
Interior DesignWataru Kumano
Text description provided by the architects. The project is located in Kanazawa city, and it is a new Japanese confectionary shop where you can eat-in.
An old Japanese confectioner “Shibafune-Koide” existed for almost 100 years, and they decided to start new style of the confectionary eat-in beside off of their main shop and old factory.
In ordinary Japanese sweets shops, you can choose different kind of sweets from several options, but in this shop we focused on only the very basic Japanese sweets call MONAKA, a red-bean paste inside of a rice cracker. With Tokyo based graphic designer Masaaki Hiromura as a Director of this project, we dove into the red-bean world, and found 4 of the best Japanese ones for this shop. In the shop, you can choose one of 4 different types of red-bean paste, then the rice cracker is grilled right in front of you, finally you put the red-bean paste in the cracker and enjoy.
We decided to use the old factory space which is no longer active (Shibafune-koide has a new factory in an other place), so we made a new facade on the old factory wall, and put in a new box inside of the factory space. When you enter the shop from outside, the space has a large dining area on both sides, and you will see the wooden façade in front that has the cashier and the kitchen,