archivision hirotani studio: fujitsubo beauty parlor archivision hirotani studio: fujitsubo beauty parlor
sep 06, 2011

archivision hirotani studio: fujitsubo beauty parlor

‘fujitsubo beauty parlor’ by archivision hirotani studio in tokyo, japan all images courtesy archivision hirotani studio




japanese practice archivision hirotani studio has completed ‘fujitsubo beauty parlor’, a two-storey salon in the omote-sando area of tokyo, japan. referencing the form of a sea barnacle, the design features three openings in the roof which funnels natural daylight into the interior space within.

exterior view




extruding on an irregularly-shaped plan, the building stands as a free-standing form with a strong visual identity of its own. the exterior surface is entirely clad in copper sheets that will slowly change in tone over time. the street face and entrance are made transparent through a floor-to-ceiling window that wraps around the eastern corner of the form. by blurring the junction of the structure, the small entry way gains an extended sense of space.

(left) facade finish (right) street view




finished singularly in a white surface, the interior maximizes on the natural daylight effect throughout the building. linear slits in the floor plate carry the light to the level below, maintaining a naturally illuminated space that encourages a sense of continuity. while the salon lacks conventional windows, the space preserves an airy atmosphere through the faceted ceiling form which visually pulls up the room in a dynamic and geometric manner. a new layer of dimension is added through the multitude of angles projecting at different directions.

south elevation

(left) east elevation (right) entrance

interior view of ground floor


roof opening above the staircase

second level

(left) view of opening (right) from staircase

tapering roof openings

basement level

site and roof plan

floor plan / level -1

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

longitudinal section

south elevation

north elevation

(left) east elevation (right) west elevation

  • Is it a small copy of a Gehry contemporary museum???…

    Dario says:
  • I was going to say Gehry as well, but with a measure of Piranesi sprinkled over. I like this project very much – it’s very seductive and yet also a little disturbing. Some wonderful detailing as well.

    dbkii says:
  • please, see Souto Moura’s museum in Cascais, Portugal…

    cristiano says:
  • Love the copper cladding, shingles or whatever. Keep them shiny! the two uniformities, copper outside/white inside, are very pleasing, like the shell and lining of an oyster . . .

    Cristiano: Thanks for Souto Moura reference, a wonderful building . . .

    Tom P says:
  • Casa Parr of Pezo von Ellrichshausen comes to mind:

    Ali Manco says:

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