persimmon hills architects has converted an illegal sex shop in japan into a studio and gallery space that measures just 20 square meters. completed for an annual arts festival that transforms ​​yokohama’s koganecho district into an open-air exhibition venue, ‘cut in koganechou’ occupies an incredibly narrow plot on two levels. a diagonal wall separates the interior’s two halves, with an outdoor-like space adjoining the road leading to a more secluded area at the rear.


all images by kenta hasegawa

 

 

persimmon hills architects — led by yusuke kakinoki and shuhei hirooka — completed the project as part of koganecho bazaar, an art festival held every year since 2008. ‘we thought to cut into the long and narrow space of the existing building, and to create an oblique façade with depth from the frontal road,’ explain the architects. the space forms an extension of the town itself, becoming an exhibition space that catches the attention of passersby.


the studio and gallery space measures just 20 square meters


a diagonal wall separates the interior’s two halves


an aperture provides a visual connection between the two wedge-shaped volumes


artwork is hung on each of the scheme’s walls


looking at the gallery floor from above


a timber-clad space adjoins the adjacent road


a small workspace and desk area


an upper level provides additional room


view from the rear of the property towards the street


the project is located in ​​yokohama’s koganecho district


site plan / floor plans
image courtesy of persimmon hills architects


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image courtesy of persimmon hills architects

 

 

project info:

 

architects: persimmon hills architects / yusuke kakinoki + shuhei hirooka
location: kanagawa, japan
use: studio and gallery
total floor area: 20 sqm / 215 sqf
number of stories: 2 stories
structure: wood
construction: anzai koumuten
art: rafael lima itoh
photography: kenta hasegawa

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