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Morioka, Japan
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Nagasawa Coffee / ARII IRIE ARCHITECTS - Facade
© Kai Nakamura

Text description provided by the architects. Nagasawa Coffee is a coffee roaster located in Morioka, a city in the Tohoku region in northeastern Japan. The owners decided to move their shop to a larger space to fit in their new 1960s vintage roaster. Their vision of the new shop was an open workshop space.

Nagasawa Coffee / ARII IRIE ARCHITECTS - Shelving, Windows
© Kai Nakamura

As the main spatial element, Arii Irie Architects designed a 6 meter long, 1.5-meter wide terrazzo table. It is intended as both a table to sit at and an active tabletop where unroasted, roasted, and packaged beans are placed all together, showcasing the live sequence of the roasting process.

Nagasawa Coffee / ARII IRIE ARCHITECTS - Table
© Kai Nakamura
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Nagasawa Coffee / ARII IRIE ARCHITECTS - Countertop, Chair
© Kai Nakamura

The height of the table is kept low, in order to lower the eye level in relation to the 2.8-meter high ceiling. As a result, the proportion of the table creates a vague presence. The height makes it seem something like a podium or stage, or a runway because of its length, but it is also like a wall because of the distance it creates between each side.

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© Kai Nakamura

Small shops like Nagasawa Coffee play a significant role in the urban cultural scene in a provincial city like Morioka. As much as an interior element, the large table is designed as a piece of urban furniture.

Nagasawa Coffee / ARII IRIE ARCHITECTS - Windows, Beam
© Kai Nakamura

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Address:Morioka, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

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Cite: "Nagasawa Coffee / ARII IRIE ARCHITECTS" 31 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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