stepped photo studio by yoshiharu kikuchi architect and associates
stepped photo studio by yoshiharu kikuchi architect and associates stepped photo studio by yoshiharu kikuchi architect and associates
mar 12, 2013

stepped photo studio by yoshiharu kikuchi architect and associates

‘stepped photo studio’ by yoshiharu kikuchi architect associatesimage © yoshiharu kikuchi all images courtesy of yoshiharu kikuchi architect & associates



located in sendai city, the photo studio site faces an extensive street of the business district – situated within high-rise buildings and apartment houses. the outward appearance was designed in order to achieve presence without being hidden by other structures regardless of its small scale.
 conceived by yoshiharu kikuchi architect associates, the studio takes form of a simple house with a large window – so that the photographer and his clients can feel as if they are taking pictures in their own house, rather than in a formal atmosphere. the exterior facade is covered in red cedar planks – where its rough texture contrasts the concrete and glass-filled cityscape. with time and exposure to wind and rain, the exterior color will change to a silver gray – a change reflected in the aging characteristics of the natural material.



designed with domestic comfortability in mind, the photo studio provides clear light and roomy workspaces image © yoshiharu kikuchi



the second floor studio is a blank slateimage © yoshiharu kikuchi


space-saving circulation meets large fenestration image © yoshiharu kikuchi



the studio contains rounded wall vertices image © yoshiharu kikuchi



the second floor studio allows ample amounts of natural light image © yoshiharu kikuchi



view of the first floor workspaceimage © yoshiharu kikuchi


wooden planes act as storage and seating image © yoshiharu kikuchi



night views emphasize the material sophistication of the studio image © yoshiharu kikuchi



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