architecture office kurosawa kawaraten transforms a liquor store storage in chiba, japan, into a multi-purpose space for the city’s university graduate students. paying maximum respect to the existing structure, which was built in 1911, the architects have preserved walls and features that hadn’t collapsed and combined them with minimal interventions.


east elevation

 

 

kurosawa kawaraten has renovated the structure to host the chiba university program, which aims at keeping its graduate students in the area by offering them a space to work, create their own projects and communicate with the locals. the east and west elevations of the ground level have been transformed with floor-to-ceiling glass to offer students the openness they need for working and interacting with visitors, while the original walls have been kept on the north and south sides. steel frames have been installed to reinforce the existing structure and the architects have kept the concrete slab of the base as flooring. to preserve the context and atmosphere of the surrounding area, the old corrugates on the exterior walls have been kept in place, and aggregates made of cracked tiles of the original roof have been laid under the eaves.


the gate and wide windows connect the students with the local area


multi-purpose space


south elevation


north elevation


from the office space. Students can feel the air of local. Passersby can also see the activity of the students.


looking down from the second floor


facing the street


the alley to the old shopping street


the space is used for various purposes


looking inside from the alley


the space at night time

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