This gallery/café is located in the Naramachi district that lies to the south of Kofukuji Temple, a World Heritage site. A wide, verdant terrace draws the eye of passersby on busy Naramachi Street towards the narrow alley where the café is located.In order to minimize the sense of the building being an oppressive presence in the neighborhood, we reduced the volume of the section facing the street and took care to choose materials and colors for the roof and exterior walls that blend into the surrounding environment. The result is a comfortable gallery/café that melts smoothly into a neighborhood whose history reaches back to the eighth century.
Once created, architecture has significant influence on townscape,
surrounding people as well as the environment, regardless of its background.
It will remain on that ground for decades
whether it blends into the location or not, or if it’s treasured.
No just design or capabilities, but focus on various architectural essence.
Timeless longevity endeared for years, and guarding people’s lives…
this is the concept we pursue.