Beishu Gallery is located in Taito area of Tokyo, where traditional craftsmanship still remains vibrant. Beishu is an esteemed high-brand of traditional hina dolls (girls’ court dolls from the classical era). The goal of the project was to design a multi-functional space to serve as entrance, gallery and showroom. Two different zones reside in the space. One in the front is the entrance and gallery which boasts a 3.8m-high ceiling. Furniture is easily movable in order to assure flexibility. Pendant lights illuminate the dolls from close and generate impressive shadows. Beyond the gallery, steel shelves float in overlaying rows in the iconic showroom zone. Each set of dolls hover in its own small world, like in emaki-mono (picture scrolls) where each scene is depicted between the golden clouds. Every plane of the shelf drifts like a trailing cloud and acts as a stage to embrace individual story of the dolls.
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/