The clients had a long, narrow, wood frame 1-story building, similar to an old-style Japanese nagaya row house. To capitalize on the inherent characteristics, we created a passageway with a long line of sight. As customer move further into the space, tiers help define each area. A noren curtain at the entrance disrupts the line of sight – people outside cannot see through to the back of the space. Clients duck under the curtain and enter, feeling psychologically drawn down the passageway, further into the space, to the other side of the koshi lattice panels. By blocking the line of sight, the façade entices people outside to imagine what the space holds.
▼街道视角，street view © Takumi Ota
▼店面概览，overview © Takumi Ota
there are two separate lines of movement from the entrance © Takumi Ota
A married couple runs LAND. A hair salon and eyelash salon are synergistic, but due to the different nature of the services, we created two separate lines of movement from the entrance. Clients enter the eyelash room (box) directly from reception. Areas under the raised floor are used for storage/closets. Its raised floor is 900mm higher than the salon. The wall dividing it from reception area is an additional 1250mm — high enough to make the elevated eyelash space private, but low enough that it still feels open.
▼前台，the reception room © Takumi Ota
▼物品陈列和收纳柜，display and storage cabinets © Takumi Ota
▼美睫室内部，inside the eyelash room © Takumi Ota
The adjacent reception space is incorporated into the box’s height difference. Together they are reminiscent of a tansu step chest, falling somewhere between furniture and architectural feature. Stacked, L-shaped wooden supports that function as part of both areas catch the eye, while seeming to float near the façade. The tiered counter serves as a display space for select products sold in the shop. The eyelash space (box) prevents people on the street from seeing the hair salon area. Panels partition the cutting area front to back. Four cutting chairs are separated from each other so customers can relax in a private space. The shampoo area, whichois also where head spa treatments are done, is located further back, past the back room/handwashing area (box). Kōshi lattice panels subtly define the shampoo area, making it a quiet and calm space.
▼剪发区，the cutting area © Takumi Ota
separate seats allow customers to have more personal space © Takumi Ota
▼剪发区结构细部，the cutting area frame details © Takumi Ota
▼可做头部水疗的冲洗区，the shampoo area offering head spa © Takumi Ota
LAND is more than just a hair and eyelash salon. It also sells the salon’s original products, and the owners aim to host a variety of art, music, and other events. LAND’s logo reflects that idea, and was created by illustrator Yu Nagaba. The owners have been a fan of his for many years and were thrilled to have Nagaba design the logo. Framed by the façade’s sliding glass doors, it seems to float in LAND’s passageway space, welcoming visitors in – the literal face of the salon.
the shop logo and character illustration from Yu Nagaba © Takumi Ota
▼木制结构细部，wood frame details © Takumi Ota
▼傍晚时分，in the evening © Takumi Ota
▼平面图，plan © SIDES CORE
Business type: Hair salon + Eyelash salon
Floor area: 59.4㎡
Designer: Sohei Arao
Design office: SIDES CORE (http://sides-core.com/)
Photographer: Takumi Ota
Lighting: NEW LIGHT POTTERY
Logo: Yu Nagaba
Address: 1-18-23 Shinmachi, Nishi-ku, Osaka
Designed: May 7, 2019 – June 10, 2019
Built: July 8, 2019 – August 10, 2019
Open: September 26, 2019