kanemitsusyuzo, Japan by FATHOM

an antenna rising from the history of the sake brewery

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Located in Kurose-cho, Higashihiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture. Renovation of the direct sales office of Kanemitsu Sake Brewery, which has been in business since 1898.

▼项目概览,overview © Tatsuya Tabii


When I first saw the large wall of the sake brewery, a registered tangible cultural property visible from the national highway, I felt as if I were looking at a stratum of layers of the history of sake brewing. The paneling of burnt cedar, the plaster, and the red brick roof, one of the characteristics of the town.

▼酒铺立面,the facade © Tatsuya Tabii


As the three materials overlap, two lines appear at the boundary between them. A beautiful horizontal line created by preserving and accumulating tradition for a long time. For the adjacent direct sales shop, while keeping in mind the horizontal line leading from the sake brewery, a new line was created in which a portion of the building rises organically.

▼有机凸起的屋檐轮廓,the roof line rising organically © Tatsuya Tabii

▼呼应酒厂建筑的轮廓线,echoing to the line of the sake brewery © Tatsuya Tabii


The eaves of the existing building, which were slightly protruding, were made more voluminous in the downward direction to create a new line. Since sake is said to have been first made for the gods, we used plaster to create a space reminiscent of a shrine or Buddhist temple. By raising the line at the entrance, which is the starting point of this space, I hoped that it would be the starting point for all the visitors to add a new page to the tradition and history of the brewery.

▼店铺入口,the entrance © Tatsuya Tabii

▼立面细部,details © Tatsuya Tabii


The other line is centered on the entrance and divides its functions into left and right. On the right side of the entrance, there is an L-shaped bench with the same function as a veranda, based on a reference to a liquor store in the early Meiji period that had a veranda directly adjacent to the street.

▼“阳台”长凳,the bench with the same function as a veranda© Tatsuya Tabii


On the left side of the entrance, the window sill is sharpened by hand, and glass bottles of sake, which were to be discarded, are crushed, mixed, and sharpened so that the modern technology of glass is sealed like a fossil in the strata of history.

▼入口左侧空间,interior space of the left side of the entrance © Tatsuya Tabii

▼透过玻璃看室内空间,view of the interior space through the glass © Tatsuya Tabii


In the interior space, different materials are used to form an organic R-line, expressing the invisible vibrancy of life in the transparent liquid that I felt when I saw the bubbles overlapping and multiplying in the fermentation tank. The materials used in the brewery, such as the bricks of the chimney, the indigo-colored apron worn by the toji (chief brewer), the copper plate, and the tortoiseshell wire mesh, are naturally used in the brewery, but are converted to different uses.

▼室内空间概览,overview of the interior space © Tatsuya Tabii

▼品鉴区,tasting space © Tatsuya Tabii

▼木质展架,the wooden shelf © Tatsuya Tabii

▼瓷砖展台,display table covered with tiles © Tatsuya Tabii

▼靛蓝色的酿酒空间,the indigo-colored interior space © Tatsuya Tabii


A small “bulge” is created in the calm horizontal line surrounded by fields. I believe this is a reflection of the Toji’s desire to continue to challenge new vistas while preserving the long history that has been passed down to him.

▼细部,details © Tatsuya Tabii


It is my hope that these feelings will spread like ripples from the newly created bulge, like an antenna.

▼夜景,night view © Tatsuya Tabii

▼平面图,plan © FATHOM

▼立面图,elevation © FATHOM

▼材料构造,the material © FATHOM

Project Name: kanemitsusyuzo
Office Name: FATHOM
Office Website: https://fathom-design.jp/
Social Media Accounts: https://www.instagram.com/fathom_design/
Contact email: info@fathom-design.jp
Firm Location: 2F Nisida.bld 4-2-14 Nakadori, Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737-0046 Japan
Completion Year:July 2021
Gross Built Area (m2/ ft2):32.2m2
Project location:
2-1364 Nominoo Kurose-cho, Higashihiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-2622 Japan
Lead Architects:FATHOM
Lead Architects e-mail:info@fathom-design.jp
Photo Credits: Tatsuya Tabii
Photographer’s Website: https://tatsuyatabii.format.com/
Photographer’s e-mail: tatsuyatabii@gmail.com

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