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Machiya Office

Award: Yellow Pencil

Yellow Pencil / Environmental Design / Workplace / 2008

This project is located in an old town in the north of Japan; Machiya is a traditional townhouse along the street. The shape of the site is narrow in frontage and long in depth. We proposed a two-storey auditorium with skylight that runs through the long axis of this tube-like building, which allows sunshine in and air out. The auditorium and office are separated by a glass partition in a wooden frame and has a curved surface. The bright and dynamic interior space creates an impressive corporate image for visitors, an important element of the project for the client. The façade references the black, stain painted wooden fences that make up the old town street.

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