Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM

Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM

Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Interior Photography, Table, Windows, ChairKanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Interior Photography, Kitchen, BeamKanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Image 4 of 24Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Interior Photography, FacadeKanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - More Images+ 19

Higashihiroshima, Japan
  • Architects: FATHOM
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  32
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2021
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Tatsuya Tabii
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Clever, Karimoku New Standard, Tile life
  • Design: Hiroyuki Nakamoto
  • Sign And Logo Design: Akira Kubo, Guide
  • Green Display: Kenzaburou Ooshio, Green Union
  • Steel Works: KAMO CRAFT, Susumu Murata, Kamo Craft
  • City: Higashihiroshima
  • Country: Japan
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Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Exterior Photography
© Tatsuya Tabii

Text description provided by the architects. Located in Kurose-cho, Higashihiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The project is the renovation of the direct sales office of Kanemitsu Sake Brewery, which has been in business since 1898. When I first saw the large wall of the sake brewery, a registered tangible cultural property visible from the national highway, I felt as if I were looking at a stratum of layers of the history of sake brewing.

Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Interior Photography, Table, Windows, Chair
© Tatsuya Tabii
Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Image 22 of 24
Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Beam
© Tatsuya Tabii

The paneling of burnt cedar, the plaster, and the red brick roof, some of the characteristics of the town. As the three materials overlap, two lines appear at the boundary between them. A beautiful horizontal line created by preserving and accumulating tradition for a long time. For the adjacent direct sales shop, while keeping in mind the horizontal line leading from the sake brewery, a new line was created in which a portion of the building rises organically.

Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Image 4 of 24
© Tatsuya Tabii

The eaves of the existing building, which were slightly protruding, were made more voluminous in the downward direction to create a new line. Since sake is said to have been first made for the gods, we used plaster to create a space reminiscent of a shrine or Buddhist temple. By raising the line at the entrance, which is the starting point of this space, I hoped that it would be the starting point for all the visitors to add a new page to the tradition and history of the brewery.

Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Interior Photography, Windows, Table, Beam
© Tatsuya Tabii

The other line is centered on the entrance and divides its functions into left and right. On the right side of the entrance, there is an L-shaped bench with the same function as a veranda, based on a reference to a liquor store in the early Meiji period that had a veranda directly adjacent to the street. On the left side of the entrance, the window sill is sharpened by hand, and glass bottles of sake, which were to be discarded, are crushed, mixed, and sharpened so that the modern technology of glass is sealed like a fossil in the strata of history.

Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Interior Photography, Facade
© Tatsuya Tabii
Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Image 24 of 24
Façade View 02

In the interior space, different materials are used to form an organic R-line, expressing the invisible vibrancy of life in the transparent liquid that I felt when I saw the bubbles overlapping and multiplying in the fermentation tank. The materials used in the brewery, such as the bricks of the chimney, the indigo-colored apron worn by the toji (chief brewer), the copper plate, and the tortoiseshell wire mesh, are naturally used in the brewery but are converted to different uses.

Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Image 23 of 24
Façade View 01
Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Exterior Photography, Facade
© Tatsuya Tabii

A small "bulge" is created in the calm horizontal line surrounded by fields. I believe this is a reflection of the Toji's desire to continue to challenge new vistas while preserving the long history that has been passed down to him. It is my hope that these feelings will spread like ripples from the newly created bulge, like an antenna.

Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM - Interior Photography, Facade
© Tatsuya Tabii

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Address:554-1 Kurosechō Nomio, Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima 739-2622, Japan

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Cite: "Kanemitsusyuzo Store / FATHOM" 06 Aug 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/966278/kanemitsusyuzo-store-fathom> ISSN 0719-8884

© Tatsuya Tabii

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