Renovating warehouse in traditional district in Tokyo, and converting to place for district's interaction and activation
~Design Concept~ Narihira station, Oshiage, Tokyo is a traditional district that suffered the Bombing of Tokyo in WWII and became war-scorched earth. In 2012, Tokyo Skytree, tower for sightseeing with large-scale composite facilities, was completed near Narihira station. We renovated warehouse without tenants to restaurant and event space aiming "sightseeing covering wide area" and "making the district vital," because neighborhood was concerning deindustrialization, The site is next to linear park which is reclaimed land, and the park was a line of flow. Therefore, we kept park's function, we designed barrier-free large stairs as an approach while helped by government. Changing the park that was just for commutation, or taking walk to "place to gather" and "place to respect local culture."
~Architecture Design~ Considering keeping scenery, we kept existing warehouse's appearance, and made large stairs and louver above the entrance. By placing same plant from park in the entrance, we emphasize that it is a part of the park. To make ceiling height striking, we slanted lightings, and placed kitchen and bathrooms in shack. We did not renovate every detail of the warehouse, but kept part of ceiling and walls, as memories of the warehouse, which was idea of entrepreneur.
~Post-construction Community~ The owner rents warehouses for play, because the owner respects arts and the district. Even though, warehouse has converted, bond between the owner and the district is remaining. Terrace of organic-vegetarian cafe is opened for pets, and nursing room and bathroom for wheelchair users are in the cafe. Activities, such as (event held by ward, aerial dance show, hand drip coffee competition,) koto and shakuhachi concert, or exhibition of traditional crafts, are possible in event space. Sometimes, wedding ceremony is held with cafe and event space. Because our proposal is simple, there is no limit for usage, and culture and arts from inside and outside of the district are interacting.
----------------------------- Engineering & Exterior design / partly construction Location: Yokokawa Sumida-ku, Tokyo Use: Storehouse → Event space / Park / Restaurant Age of buildings: 50 years Structure: Steel construction (partly wood) + fireproof & quakeproof Area: 400㎡ approx. Completion: June 2012 ------------------------------