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  7. Kamikatz Public House / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

Kamikatz Public House / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

  • 00:00 - 19 April, 2018
Kamikatz Public House / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
Kamikatz Public House / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, © Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.

© Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP © Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc. © Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc. © Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc. + 13

  • Structure Design

    Yamada Noriaki
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    Daiso Co.,Ltd
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    TRANSIT GENERAL OFFICE
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© Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.

Text description provided by the architects. Kamikatsu in Tokushima prefecture is committed to zero waste, aiming to become a sustainable recycling society. The town has already attained an 80% recycling rate by sorting its waste into 34 categories. Used items are displayed at the recycle center like a store. As mass-production and mass-consumption society reaching an impasse, the world holds great expectations for this movement.

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.
Site Plan
Site Plan
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.

On the premise that a paradigm shift for production and sales processes is essential in achieving zero waste, a private-sector business inspired by the principles of this town launched this project with the concept of integrating a shop that sells household sundries, food, and beer by weight, brewery, and a pub. As the word “pub” comes from “public house,” we decided to bring the principles of the community, the wisdom and ways of the people towards waste to form through architecture. Our aim was to create a public house so that the community could feel pride in their actions. 

Interior Elevations
Interior Elevations
Ventilation Diagrams
Ventilation Diagrams

To create continuity of production and consumption, we started by positioning functions in chronological order in the linear building—from the raw material warehouse to the brewery and then to the pub where the beer will be served. To make the pub a local symbol when looking up from the town, the windows comprising fittings from abandoned houses were set eight meters high. We gathered windows that illuminated the town in the past and dedicated our wish that they would serve as a lantern of hope to shine upon the town struggling with a declining population. The elevated ceiling effectively ventilates the warm air that stagnates above during summer, while the double layer of window fittings trap air and enhance insulation. The ceiling fan circulates heat from the carbon-neutral radiation heater that makes effective use of branches from the forest.

© Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
© Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP

We converted and reconstructed furniture such as bridal chests and farm equipment found at the recycle center for use as product display fixtures. Locally-produced cedar board wood waste was colored with naturally derived persimmon tannin paint and applied to the exterior wall. We utilized abandoned items from a tile factory for the floor, empty bottles to create a chandelier, antlers produced in the town for the draft tower, and newspapers as wallpaper. The space is full of improvisation and discoveries with this creative combination of waste material.

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.

Not only the architecture conserves energy and resources, and reduces harmful emissions though reuse, reduce, and recycle, it is starting to enhance a circulation of the regional economy as well as tourism. Moreover, by embodying the town’s vision within everyday life, the locals who gather at this pub are beginning to truly realize that their actions are fun and creative. The town was also inspired by this and newly established a display shelf for construction materials at the recycle center.

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.

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Cite: "Kamikatz Public House / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP" 19 Apr 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/892767/kamikatz-public-house-hiroshi-nakamura-and-nap/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa and Partners Inc.

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