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Ground Floor Office / Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates

Ground Floor Office / Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates

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  • Architects:Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates
  • Country:Japan
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Text description provided by the architects. The plan is to renovate the first floor of the building. The first floor is special in architecture. The floor is connected to the ground and the inside and outside of the building are close. People traveling around the city can see the floor and even think of it as a façade. The openness and  its public nature of the first floor lies in its continuity with the ground. I thought  it is important for renovation to plan the floor 

Courtesy of Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates
Courtesy of Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates
Courtesy of Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates
Courtesy of Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates

The program is a real estate agent's store opening and office. The business area used by customers was required to have an island meeting space, a counter-face-to-face meeting space, and a toy space for children. In addition, the location is very busy in front of the station, and an atmosphere that makes it easy to stop by was required. Therefore, we aimed to create an atmosphere where people can be divided softly like a café and naturally stop by like a park.

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Courtesy of Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates

Specifically, we decided to make the porch and the floor in the room continuously from soil and concrete. In general, flooring materials in a room are repeatedly arranged and often not given dimensions and treated decoratively. On the other hand, in the exterior plan, floor materials using by pavement and slopes are given dimensions and functions.

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Courtesy of Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates

Here, I drew the boundary between soil and concrete as if I were drawing an exterior plan. Taking into consideration the dimensions of furniture and toys, stride length and flow line, the dimensions were given as carefully as possible to the floor material. However, there are no steps because the soil is hardened and finished flat with concrete. Only the texture is different.

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Courtesy of Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates

Like a park divided into grass and pavement, we often walk on the pavement even if the floor is flat. Still, depending on my mood, I sometimes walk on the grass. I wanted to make such a difference at the interior. It feels like the table or toy is naturally placed in its place, creating a soft area that makes it easier to stop by from the outside. Drawing a plan is not dominant, making it flat but dividing the area, such a subtle feeling makes the interior and a little outside the interior.

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Courtesy of Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates

Counter table - The counter table is made by rolling a 3.2 mm iron plate with three different radii to make it self-supporting, and a top plate with a groove is fitted in it. By making it like this, you can separate this side from the other side, and you can throw your legs out when you are seated. 

Pressed flowers - Pressed flowers are used for the indoor signboard. A film that blocks ultraviolet rays is put on the glass surface to prevent the color from fading. 

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Courtesy of Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates

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Address:Aichi, Japan

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Cite: "Ground Floor Office / Takayuki Kuzushima and Associates" 05 Mar 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/958074/ground-floor-office-takayuki-kuzushima-and-associates> ISSN 0719-8884

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