Located on a commercial street about thirty minutes by train from the center of Tokyo, within walking distance from Shiki Station in Saitama Prefecture, this steel-frame multi-tenant building has four stories above ground and one below. The city of Shiki prospered as a commercial area on the banks of the Shingashi River during the Edo period, and in modern times developed as a major stop on the Tobu-Tojo railway line.
▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view © Takumi Ota Photography
We began the design process by reflecting on what kind of architecture could create a new dialogue with the scenery of Shiki, which evolved in relationship to the river, greenery, and people, while also embodying the spirit of the city. One of the most important needs of a modern commercial tenant building is the pursuit of profit maximization. This project meets that need yet also allows diverse values to exist simultaneously.
▼正立面，front facade © Takumi Ota Photography
▼背立面，back facade © Takumi Ota Photography
With a façade of reflective colored-aluminum cladding, the building is integrated into the shopping street leading to Shiki Station, serving as the starting point for a new era for the district. The size and shape of the three front terraces differ on each floor, bringing variety to the façade. The terrace surface is made of the same colored aluminum as the façade and reflects the movements of people inside and outside the building. Vines climb the wires and rods stretched between the upper and lower balcony slabs. The façade is envisioned as an iconic new architectural form, giving rise to interactions between the building and the colored aluminum.
▼正面三层阳台的大小和形状各不相同，the size and shape of the three front terraces differ on each floor © Takumi Ota Photography
▼阳台表面采用彩色镜面铝板，the terrace surface is made ofreflective colored-aluminum cladding © Takumi Ota Photography
▼藤蔓沿着上下层阳台之间的线杆向上攀爬，vines climb the wires and rods stretched between the upper and lower balcony slabs © Takumi Ota Photography
▼阳台内部，interior of the terrace © Takumi Ota Photography
The tenant space will be occupied in the basement and on the first floor by a food court featuring the best restaurants in and around Shiki, on the second floor by a nursery school, and on the third and fourth floors by shared offices. The terraces are well integrated with the tenant spaces, which were designed with careful attention to light, greenery, and the flow of space.
▼入口，entrance © Takumi Ota Photography
▼近景，closer view © Takumi Ota Photography
▼倾斜铝板，inclined aluminum cladding © Takumi Ota Photography
▼底层空间，lower floor space © Takumi Ota Photography
▼上层空间，upper floor space © Takumi Ota Photography
▼阳台夜景，night view of the terrace © Takumi Ota Photography
▼外观夜景，night view of the exterior © Takumi Ota Photography
Architecture : Sasaki Architecture
Photography : Takumi Ota Photography
Lead Architect: Ryuichi Sasaki
Architecture Team: Anna Kwapien, Gen Sakaguchi, Yuriko Ogura
Producer: Manabu Kokubu/U-Plan, Inc
Structure: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Mechanical / Electrical Engineering: Isoiso Design
Lighting: Natsuha Kameoka/Lighting Sou
Graphic: YTRO Design Institute
Contractor: Kyodo Kensetsu
Client: Kenji Namikawa/Kawashimaya Fudosan
Building Area: 771.00m2
Completion Date : February 2020
Special Materials: Bright Dip Anodized Aluminium / Shinko Stainless Kemma
Awards/Prizes: Iconic Awards 2020, Winner / German Design Award 2021, Special Mention