The warehouse building, at which a legendary disco, once existed as a symbol of the Tokyo waterfront in the 1990s. However, the attic part of the former discotheque on the second floor remained untouched for a long time, since it had a low ceiling height of 2.1m with only 1.7m under the beams, causing an oppressive feeling in the space. Our design intended to create an open space with floating walls and pillars. The beams and other components were reconsidered as different spatial components, and were redefined in the space. The ceilings were removed, and the beams now surround the space as drifting walls, while lights are used to enhance the sense of floating. Dividers of individual spaces for tenants are transparent glass attached beneath the wall volume. The oppressive attic-like space of a symbol of the past was transformed like a wall cloud, and regenerated as an impressive space.
The International Design Awards (IDA) Awards 2016, GOLD Winner, Interior, Conceptual Category Ryuichi Sasaki (Principal, SASAKI ARCHITECTURE) 1970 Born in Tokyo, Japan 1989-1994 Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA, Bachelor of Architecture 1994-1995 Columbia University, NYC, USA, Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design 1994-1995 Asymptote Architecture, NYC, USA 1996-2004 Kumesekkei Co.,Ltd, Tokyo, Japan 2001-Present Phiframe, Co-Principal 2004-Present SASAKI ARCHITECTURE, Principal 2014-Present S.A.A.O, Co-Principal http://www.sasaki-architecture.com/ Rieko Okumura (Principal, Atelier O) 1977 Born in Osaka, Japan 2000 Tsuda College, Bachelor Degree 2009 Musashino Art University, Bachelor Degree 2014 Establish of Atelier O 2014-Present S.A.A.O, Co-Principal Visiting Instructor for Musashino Art University http://atelier-0.com/