bandesign clads roadside café with reflective mirrored surfaces
photo by shigetomo mizuno
all images courtesy of bandesign

 

 

 

this roadside café by japanese practice bandesign is clad with polished mirrored surfaces that reflect the building’s residential environment. situated in the country’s gifu prefecture, the project is positioned opposite a row of cherry trees, a popular destination for visitors during the blossom season.

 

internally, dining areas are organized around two openings that present external views of the arboreal setting, while a small kitchen is found at the rear of the plan. furthering the strong connection the scheme shares with nature, vertical roof struts take the form of individual branches, allowing guests to feel as if they are able to take refuge underneath the protective tree-like structure.

hisanori ban bandesign mirrors house gifu japan designboom
the project is positioned opposite a row of cherry trees
photo by shigetomo mizuno

hisanori ban bandesign mirrors house gifu japan designboom
the region is popular with tourists during the blossom season
photo by shigetomo mizuno

hisanori ban bandesign mirrors house gifu japan designboom
polished mirrored surfaces reflect the building’s residential setting
photo by shigetomo mizuno

hisanori ban bandesign mirrors house gifu japan designboom
a tree is positioned symmetrically at the heart of the plan
photo by shigetomo mizuno

hisanori ban bandesign mirrors house gifu japan designboom
dining areas are organized around two openings that present external views
photo by shigetomo mizuno

hisanori ban bandesign mirrors house gifu japan designboom
photo by shigetomo mizuno

hisanori ban bandesign mirrors house gifu japan designboom
vertical roof struts take the form of individual tree branches
photo by shigetomo mizuno

hisanori ban bandesign mirrors house gifu japan designboom
the polished surfaces reflect the day’s changing light
photo by shigetomo mizuno

hisanori ban bandesign mirrors house gifu japan designboom
the roadside café lit up at night
photo by shigetomo mizuno

 

 

project info:

 

name: mirrors
architects: hisanori ban / bandesign, ltd.
location: gifu city, gifu prefecture, japan
site area: 433 sqm
building area: 100 sqm
completed: 2014
photography: shigetomo mizuno