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  5. Rieko Okumura/Atelier O
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  7. Beishu Gallery / Ryuichi Sasaki/Sasaki Architecture + Rieko Okumura/Atelier O

Beishu Gallery / Ryuichi Sasaki/Sasaki Architecture + Rieko Okumura/Atelier O

  • 22:00 - 24 June, 2016
Beishu Gallery / Ryuichi Sasaki/Sasaki Architecture + Rieko Okumura/Atelier O
Beishu Gallery / Ryuichi Sasaki/Sasaki Architecture + Rieko Okumura/Atelier O, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

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  • Light Design

    Kazuhiro Nagashima / CHIPS LLC + Natsuha Kameoka / Lighting Sou
  • Structure Engineer

    Takushi Nakata/ Rhythm Design Mov
  • Producer

    E-Sohko Group
  • Contractor

    E-Sohko Group + Urban Plan
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© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

Text description provided by the architects. Beishu Gallery is located in Taito area of Tokyo, where traditional craftsmanship still remains vibrant on every corner of the streets.

Beishu is an esteemed high-brand of traditional hina dolls (girls’ court dolls from the classical era). The reputation of the brand was established by late Hara Beishu, dollmaker, who eventually received the first and the only national cultural property title in the industry.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

The goal of the project was to design a multi-functional space to serve as entrance, gallery and showroom on the ground level of 40-year-old Beishu Building.

Two different zones reside in the space. One in the front is the entrance and gallery which boasts a 3.8m-high ceiling. Furniture is made easily movable in order to assure flexibility. Pendant lights illuminate the dolls from close and generate impressive shadows.

Diagram
Diagram
Section
Section

Beyond the gallery, steel shelves float in overlaying rows in the iconic showroom zone. Each set of dolls hover in its own small world, like in emaki-mono (picture scrolls) where each scene is depicted between the golden clouds. Every plane of the shelf drifts like a trailing cloud and acts as a stage to embrace individual story of the dolls.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota
Detail
Detail
© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

In order to give a weightless feel and at the same time to control flexure, thickness is independently adjusted by computation. Far-back wall glows from a relatively intense indirect light, which render the space in a bright cloud with gentle nuances in shadows. Straight steel shelves and amiable faces of dolls live in a dream-like harmony.

Plan
Plan

As a whole, two zones are seamlessly associated by floating tiny scenes. Contrast in shadows generated by the different types of lights adds to the depth. Soft sunrays filter through the dot gradient on the façade, a reinterpretation of traditional cloud pattern, and enfold the whole space.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Beishu Gallery / Ryuichi Sasaki/Sasaki Architecture + Rieko Okumura/Atelier O" 24 Jun 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/790094/beishu-gallery-ryuichi-sasaki-sasaki-architecture-plus-rieko-okumura-atelier-o/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Takumi Ota

eishu 展廊/ Ryuichi Sasaki(SasakiArchitecture)+ Rieko Okumura(Atelier 0)