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  7. Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Cafe / Schemata Architects

Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Cafe / Schemata Architects

  • 19:00 - 8 November, 2016
Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Cafe / Schemata Architects
Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Cafe  / Schemata Architects, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota + 14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nakameguro, Meguro, Tokyo 153-0061, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects
  • Project Team

    Ryosuke Yamamoto, Yui Matsushita
  • Area

    397.32 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

  • Construction

    TANK
  • Collaboration

    SOUP DESIGN(sign), hoshizaki(kitchen), WHITELIGHT.Ltd(sound plan), 1lux(lighting plan), GRANSCAPE Inc.(plant plan)
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© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

Text description provided by the architects. It was such a great honor for me to design the renovation of my favorite building that I used to see every day. About nine years ago, we had co-established a shared office HAPPA across the street from the building and relocated our former office there; we employed to observe the neighborhood through the glass and this building was my most favorite among others on the street.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

Incidentally, Blue Bottle Coffee decided to open their fifth shop there and we were commissioned to renovate the building to accommodate cafe/office, spaces used for barista training and workshop. It was a three-story steel structure formerly used as an electric factory, and we intended to hereby create a “fair relationship” between all people present, which is our basic spatial concept for Blue Bottle Coffee.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota
Floor Plan
Floor Plan
© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota
Section
Section
© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

Since this neighborhood is located far from the station, the streets are lined with many unique and small-sized shops. In order to continue the sense of small scale into the space, floors are divided in a stepped-floor style, while utilizing the existing openings formerly used for loading/unloading and storing. Horizontal pivot windows installed on the front glass façade help defining the boundary between the interior and the surrounding environment, while establishing a visual relationship of “see and be seen” so that people become aware of each other’s presence wherever they are in the space.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

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Cite: "Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Cafe / Schemata Architects" 08 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/799007/blue-bottle-coffee-nakameguro-cafe-schemata-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Takumi Ota

日本Nakameguro 蓝瓶咖啡馆 / Schemata Architects