takato tamagami: patisserie uchiyama
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jul 01, 2012
takato tamagami: patisserie uchiyama


‘patisserie uchiyama’ by takato tamagami, higashi kiryu, gunma, japan
image © masaya yoshimura
all images courtesy of takato tamagami

a 90-year old textile factory in kiryu of gunma, japan was refurbished and transformed into the ‘patisserie uchiyama’
by tokyo-based takato tamagami. previously concealed by past renovations, the ‘saw-shaped’ roof was maintained and celebrated,
bringing attention to the prevalent architectural element found in the neighborhood. recognizing it’s historical qualities as a cultural asset,
this gently sloping form became the point of departure for the contemporary update.

a south-facing transom window is revealed by wooden columns which lifts the ridge of the vintage and undulating roof plane.
at night, the canopy reveals illumination from the interior, enhancing the roadside shop’s visibility.


western elevation reveals the original saw-shaped roof
image © masaya yoshimura


transom window formed by the column-supported roof ridge faces the south
image © masaya yoshimura


entry positioned beneath the saw-shaped roof
image © masaya yoshimura



pastry display + counter
images © masaya yoshimura



image © masaya yoshimura



image © masaya yoshimura


staggered stepping stones pave the terrace
image © masaya yoshimura


shop interior
image © masaya yoshimura


entry at dusk
image © masaya yoshimura


saw-shaped roof reveals internal illumination at night
image © masaya yoshimura


image © masaya yoshimura


terrace at night
image © masaya yoshimura


floor plan / level 0


sectional perspective

project info:

project name: patisserie uchiyama
address: higashi, kiryu, gunma
design company / architect: takato tamagami architectural design / takato tamagami
construction: ichikawa construction co., ltd.
photographer: masaya yoshimura
scope of work: architectural renovation
client: patisserie uchiyama
principal use: patisserie
total floor area: 299.31m2(construction part), 682.32m2(total)
finish material:
floor: travertine / woven vinyl flooring
wall: emulsion paint / plastered walls 
ceiling: emulsion paint
construction period: 2010.8.17~2010.12.22

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