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  7. Blue Bottle Coffee Sangenjaya Cafe / Schemata Architects

Refurbishment in Architecture

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Blue Bottle Coffee Sangenjaya Cafe / Schemata Architects

  • 19:00 - 30 November, 2017
Blue Bottle Coffee Sangenjaya Cafe / Schemata Architects
Blue Bottle Coffee Sangenjaya Cafe / Schemata Architects, © Kenta Hasegawa
© Kenta Hasegawa

© Kenta Hasegawa © Kenta Hasegawa © Kenta Hasegawa © Kenta Hasegawa + 15

  • Architects

  • Location

    1 Chome-33-18 Sangenjaya, Setagaya-ku, Tōkyō-to 154-0024, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Jo Nagasaka
  • Design Team

    Yui Matsushita, Yasunori Nakano
  • Area

    100.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Construction

  • Collaborators

    SOUP DESIGN(sign)/ HOSHIZAKI ELECTRIC CO.,LTD.(kitchen)/ WHITELIGHT.Ltd(sound plan)/ 1lux(lighting plan)
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© Kenta Hasegawa
© Kenta Hasegawa

Text description provided by the architects. This 50-year old low-rise building stands at the end of the dead-end road between the two buildings located at a 3-minute walking distance from Sangenjaya station. Standing in front of the building, one looks up to find a wide-open sky above the city, feeling the luxury of "vacancy" in the urban density. This building had been a residence and a clinic of the original owner, who was the client's grandfather, and it was also used as a place for his artistic activities including painting in his later years. Considering the location of the site, it was feasible to build a new commercial building or an apartment building here. Yet, we decided to keep this building to create a place loved by the community residents and generate new activities for the community, out of respect for the client and his family's love and reverence for the grandfather, rather than simply focusing on business profits. Following the completion of the initial renovation completed in March (including the residence on the second floor and the gallery on the first floor), the client decided to recruit another tenant. BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE sympathized with the client's philosophy, and the seventh cafe of BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE JAPAN was born here.

© Kenta Hasegawa
© Kenta Hasegawa

This long dead-end street extends from the busy shopping street to the quiet residential neighborhood in the backside, and terminates in the garden at the end of the road, a luxurious space in this central location. This shop is designed in such a way that customers will experience the continuation of this deep spatial sequence. Upon entry, customers go to the register at the far end of the dead-end road; stop by the drip-bar; walk around the seating area; and go outside to find a peaceful sight of the tranquil garden that makes them forget about the urban bustle they had just passed through. Then, they walk along the building and finally reach the gallery entrance. Precast concrete floors are laid out along this circulation route, connecting inside and outside and establishing a new relationship between the building and the shopping street.

© Kenta Hasegawa
© Kenta Hasegawa
© Kenta Hasegawa
© Kenta Hasegawa

James Freeman, the Founder of BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE, was inspired by the rough texture of concrete of the original building that had been poured using formwork made of Japanese cedar wood, and remembered the feeling of "esprit rude/ esprit doux", which he had experienced as a musician. Our space design was born out of this inspiration.

© Kenta Hasegawa
© Kenta Hasegawa
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Blue Bottle Coffee Sangenjaya Cafe / Schemata Architects" 30 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884