TNA architects conceives ginza natsuno building for tokyo TNA architects conceives ginza natsuno building for tokyo
jan 05, 2011

TNA architects conceives ginza natsuno building for tokyo

japanese atelier TNA architects has sent us images of ‘ginza natsuno building’, a long and slender structure in the shopping district of tokyo. standing on a plot measuring just 5 meters by 8 meters, the eleven-storey flagship store sells specialty chopsticks, japanese ceramics, and tableware.


all images courtesy TNA architects

 

 

the structure largely consists of exposed steel framing with perpendicularly crossed beam elements. the density of these components fluctuates from compact to sparse according to the site. in addition to structure, the beams serve as display cases for the shop. from the outside, the glazed skin of the building has a light translucency to give a ‘shoji’ screen effect. lacking a reflective quality or a colorful billboard exterior, the boundary between the interior and the city aims to dissolve away to create an inviting store.


transparency of the building skin


interior


stairway circulation


(left) structural model
(right) inner circulation model


section (right: magnified)


elevations
(from left to right) south-west, south-east, north-east, north-west

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  • this looks pretty cool will it ever be built? the stair enclosure adds a sense of privacy with a nice translucent layering.

    http://vertiginouspervicaciousness.blogspot.com/

    sherry says:
  • Beautiful. Remembers me of the Acconci bamboo building a bit?

    Pedro says:
  • With a name like “TNA Architects”, I was expecting something a little curvier, maybe a minimal facade…

    Dan says:
  • there’s no room for curves

    dbkii says:
  • is there an elevator in this concept? i mean it is really beautiful, but who would walk the 9 floors upstairs to the top floor?

    velron says:
  • oh i’m sorry, just realized there is something which could be an elevator shaft

    velron says:

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