Tsutaya Books commissioned us to design the company’s twentieth store since its restructuring, located in the city of Ebetsu, Hokkaido. The site is adjacent to Ebetsu’s Four Seasons Promenade, a landscaped walking path, and faces a wooded area with many large trees. With a store concept of “a slow-life library in the woods,” our focus was on creating a comfortable space for customers to enjoy.
▼书店外观，exterior view ©Nacasa & Partners Inc.
In order to reduce the volume of the 140-meter-long structure, we divided it into three blocks and five zones with a staggered layout. The blocks form a cohesive cluster of buildings whose trimmed-back scale is effective in attracting more people.
▼场地鸟瞰，aerial view ©Nacasa & Partners Inc.
The exterior is finished with bricks from three local companies, creating a strong contrast with the surrounding greenery. We expect the bricks to age beautifully, along with the extruded cement panels on the sides of the buildings.
▼主立面，main elevation ©Nacasa & Partners Inc.
▼“知”空间，the block of “mind” ©Nacasa & Partners Inc.
▼“食”空间，the block of “food” ©Nacasa & Partners Inc.
▼“暮”空间，the block of “life” ©Nacasa & Partners Inc.
▼一层平面图，1F plan ©HIKOKONISHI ARCHITECTURE INC.
The three blocks are assigned the respective themes of Mind, Life, and Food, and their interiors are configured to offer framed views of the forest as well as a sense of unity. The locally produced bricks, concrete floors, exposed steel frames, and wood-and-steel furniture all contribute to the tranquil atmosphere inside, as does the lighting design.
▼“知”空间：书店和咖啡厅：the block of “mind”: book store with a cafe ©Nacasa & Partners Inc.
▼咖啡厅和休息空间，cafe and seating area ©Nacasa & Partners Inc.
▼二层阅读区，reading area on the second floor ©Nacasa & Partners Inc.
▼“食”空间：书店和餐厅：the block of “food”: book store with a dining area ©Nacasa & Partners Inc.
▼朝向森林的用餐区，seating area facing the greenery ©Nacasa & Partners Inc.
▼“暮”空间：书店和生活用品商店：the block of “life”: book store with a life-style store ©Nacasa & Partners Inc.
The store hosts nearly 50 events every month and over 500 throughout the year, playing a role in the community that goes far beyond that of a typical public building. It is not only a commercial facility selling books, DVDs, and more, but also a place that strives to create and nurture local culture. This resonates with the commitment of the company’s founder to create places where people gather—and with our concept of a “slow life” bookstore in Hokkaido.
▼夜间的书店，the book store by night ©Nacasa & Partners Inc.
▼夜间外观，exterior view by night ©Nacasa & Partners Inc.
▼剖面图，section ©HIKOKONISHI ARCHITECTURE INC.
HIKOKONISHI ARCHITECTURE INC.
1-5-6 Sakaigawa, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido, 064-0943, Japan
Phone : +81.(0)11.512.7678
Fax : +81.(0)11.512.7685
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
URL : www.hikokonishidesign.com
Architecture : Hikohito Konishi / HIKOKONISHI ARCHITECTURE INC.
Photography : Nacasa & Partners Inc.
Project name : EBETSU TSUTAYA BOOKS
Location : 14-1, Makibacho, Ebetsu shi, Hokkaido, Japan
Date of Completion : November 2018
Principal Use : Book Store / Restaurant / Shops
Structure : Steel framed structure
Site Area: 16,170.31m2
Building Area : 3832.29m2
Total Floor Area : 4423.96m2
Design Period : Feb 2017 – Feb 2018
Construction Period : March 2018 – November 2018
Architectural Design : Hikohito Konishi / HIKOKONISHI ARCHITECTURE INC.
Interior Design : Jun Miyakoshi / CCC Creative Co.,Ltd.
Construction : Architecture: ISIDUKA CONSTRUCTION co.ltd Interior: SPACE CO., LTD.