Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Café by Schemata Architects

Integration of western culture and Japanese traditional machiya

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▼町屋临街面,overview of the machiya from street © Takumi Ota

▼町屋前院,front yard of the machiya © Takumi Ota

▼通往咖啡店的走廊,corridor towards cafe © Takumi Ota

Upon integrating Blue Bottle Coffee –– coming from America’s West Coast culture –– with the machiya (traditional townhouse) located along the approach way to Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto, we continued to focus on our design concept for all of the Blue Bottle Coffee shops we designed, which is to “create equal relationships” throughout the space.

▼庭院,courtyard © Takumi Ota

▼咖啡店外观,outlook of the café © Takumi Ota

▼庭院中的半开放座位,semi-open seats in the courtyard © Takumi Ota


▼咖啡店室内概览,overview of interior space © Takumi Ota

▼一层室内,the first floor © Takumi Ota

▼木质餐牌,wooden menu board © Takumi Ota

The existing floor, raised 50cm above the ground conforming to a characteristic style of traditional Japanese architecture, was demolished to make a new floor level with the ground. In order to visually continue the pebbled ground into the interior, terrazzo containing the same type of pebbles as the ground was used to finish the floor. The floor inside the counter is also level with the customer area to maintain the same eye level between customers and staff following the same concept as the other shops, while integrating Japanese and American cultures at the same time. The terrazzo floor not only serves as a floor but also elevates itself in some places to form counters and benches.

▼水磨石咖啡吧台,terrazzo café counter © Takumi Ota

▼吧台内地面与顾客区同高,使工作人员与顾客视线相平。Floor inside the counter is level with the customer area to maintain the same eye level between customers and staff. © Takumi Ota


▼清除修饰的建筑结构,structure stripped finishes © Takumi Ota

▼裸露的屋顶结构,exposed roof structure  © Takumi Ota

The continuous white floor is stripped of all unnecessary things and the structure is stripped of existing finishes to expose the original roof structure and clay walls, and one can see traces of its100-year old history throughout the large, medium and small spaces in the structure originally composed of two separate buildings.

▼用餐区,充满岁月痕迹的黏土墙,dining area, clay walls with historical traces © Takumi Ota

▼黏土墙细节,detail of the clay walls © Takumi Ota

这间町屋(machiya)原有的两栋建筑被分别翻新为咖啡厅及商业建筑(MD Building)。建筑二层空间用作办公室,空间内不必要的墙壁全部被拆除并安装上玻璃,以保持上下层之间的视觉联系。

The machiya was originally composed of two buildings, which were respectively renovated into a cafe building and MD building this time. The second floor space accommodates the office, where all unnecessary walls are removed and is covered with glass to maintain visual connections between the lower and upper floors.

▼零售区,retail area © Takumi Ota

▼水磨石柜台,terrazzo counter © Takumi Ota

▼内庭院,courtyard © Takumi Ota

▼夜晚的咖啡厅,café at night © Takumi Ota

▼二层办公室内的灯光,light in the office on the second floor © Takumi Ota

▼平面,plan © Schemata Architects

▼剖面,section © Schemata Architects

Architects:Jo Nagasaka / Schemata Architects
Project team:Yui Matsushita
Address:64 Kusakawacho Nanzenji Sakyo-ku Kyoto Japan
Usage:cafe, office
Construction:TANK, Atelier Loöwe INC.
Collaboration:SOUP DESIGN (sign); HOSHIZAKI TOKYO CO.,LTD, HOSHIZAKI KEIHAN CO.,LTD (kitchen); WHITELIGHT.Ltd (sound plan); Endo Lighting (lighting plan); Simple garden (plant plan)
Floors:2 stories
Site area: 452.98m²
Building area: 217.88m²
Total floor area: 324.38m²
Merchandise building
Total floor area: 128.82m²
1F: 93.91m²
2F: 34.91m²
Cafe building
Total floor area: 195.56m²
1F: 123.97m²
2F: 71.59m²
Structure: Wood
Completion: 3/2018
Open: 3/2018
Photo: Takumi Ota

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