kengo kuma converts tokyo warehouse into la kagu event space
 
kengo kuma converts tokyo warehouse into la kagu event space
apr 17, 2015

kengo kuma converts tokyo warehouse into la kagu event space

kengo kuma converts tokyo warehouse into la kagu event space
image © keishin horikoshi / SS tokyo
all images courtesy of kengo kuma and associates

 

 

 

in tokyo, japanese architect kengo kuma has transformed a former book warehouse into ‘la kagu‘ – a event space in the city’s kagurazaka district. as the region is characterized by its historic townscape, the design team sought to create a new public space – together with a café and a shop – which closely resembled a more natural terrain. situated on at the top of a hill, the shop is oriented towards the passing street, and is connected to the adjacent pedestrian crossing below with an organically-shaped wooden staircase. the steps diverge halfway up, with one flight leading to the refurbished interior.

kengo kuma la kagu shop cafe kagurazaka tokyo designboom
an organically-shaped wooden staircase connects the scheme with its surroundings
image © keishin horikoshi / SS tokyo

kengo kuma la kagu shop cafe kagurazaka tokyo designboom
the steps diverge halfway up, with one flight leading to the refurbished second floor
image © keishin horikoshi / SS tokyo

kengo kuma la kagu shop cafe kagurazaka tokyo designboom
the insertion closely resemblea a natural terrain
image © keishin horikoshi / SS tokyo

kengo kuma la kagu shop cafe kagurazaka tokyo designboom
inside the renovated event space
image © keishin horikoshi / SS tokyo

kengo kuma la kagu shop cafe kagurazaka tokyo designboom
the project serves as a new public space within the city of tokyo
image © keishin horikoshi / SS tokyo

 

 

project info:

 

name: la kagu
location: tokyo, japan
completed: september, 2014
use: shop, café
area: 962.45 sqm
photography: keishin horikoshi / SS tokyo

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