layers of wooden, concrete and mirrored surfaces combine to compose hair salon in japan

layers of wooden, concrete and mirrored surfaces combine to compose hair salon in japan

Hair room TOARU stands on the roadside in rural Saitama

 

Ateliers Takahito Sekiguchi renovates Hair Room TOARU redefining the concept of hair salons through a thoughtful architectural approach. The salon, standing on the roadside of a rural area in Saitama, Japan, is surrounded by traffic and parking zones as well as forested surroundings. The project, reflecting the local area’s history of timber transportation, incorporates wooden counters, reinforced concrete walls, and large mirrors arranged in a staggered manner, creating a connection between the salon, town, and nature.

layers of wooden, concrete and mirrored surfaces combine to compose hair salon in japan
the building is composed of layered wooden and concrete elements | all images by Yosuke Ohtake

 

 

Takahito Sekiguchi dismantles and recombines wooden panels

 

Utilizing materials strategically, such as RC for fire protection and CLT for roofs made from local wood, the design team maximizes wood grain expression while reducing weight, heat load, and costs. The design prioritizes natural ventilation, indirect lighting, and greenery, fostering a sustainable, inviting environment. This approach not only minimizes carbon emissions but also shortens construction periods and costs while showcasing a harmonious blend of architecture and nature.

layers of wooden, concrete and mirrored surfaces combine to compose hair salon in japan
Hair Room TOARU transcends conventional hair salon design with an innovative architectural approach

the small activity elements of the hair salon overlap things architecture and townscape 4
the design features large reinforced concrete walls and wooden CLT roofs arranged in a staggered manner

layers of wooden, concrete and mirrored surfaces combine to compose hair salon in japan
the large openings establish a visual connection between the hair salon and the surrounding scenery

layers of wooden, concrete and mirrored surfaces combine to compose hair salon in japan
the use of panels made of local wood reduces weight, heat load, and overall costs

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the overlapping arrangement blurs the boundaries between inside and outside

layers of wooden, concrete and mirrored surfaces combine to compose hair salon in japan
prioritizing natural elements, the design focuses on natural indirect lighting and a touch of greenery

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the large mirrors reflect the greenery and visually expand the space

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