in the town of daigo in the ibaraki prefecture, the surrounding abundance of wooded greenery influenced the project ‘edges of the forest’ by yamazaki kentaro design workshop. hosted inside the ground floor of traditional japanese store, the space has been transformed into a versatile destination to bring the local residents together.

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the town itself is known for its timber production and with this, yamazaki kentaro design workshop decided to take the scraps and remnants from lumber mills and give them a new use. by collecting the unwanted pieces that would’ve been discarded, these off-cuts have been pieced together to create various pieces of furniture and the interior of the new space. despite being scraps, the architects have creatively constructed the interior that displays the natural beauty of the cut wood. in turn, a cafe, bookstore, shared office and event space has been established using the ‘edges’ of the local forest.

scraps and unwanted pieces were collected to create the versatile furniture

using material sourced locally the project has brought the residents together

 the space can be used as a cafe, bookstore, shared office and event space

the wood trimmings are left exposed, giving each piece a distinctive texture

the project was in daigo town, a place built on the edge of a woodland

locals getting together to create the flooring using the collected offcuts









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