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Ajirochaya

Lead DesignersKunihiko Matsuba
Prize(s)Silver in Architecture Categories / Other Architectural Designs, Bronze in Architecture Categories / Renovation
Entry Description

Ajirochaya is a project that will convey its history and culture in the same location for the next 100 years and on.

The purpose of this project is to renovate and open up five buildings owned by Ajiroen, a long-established retail shop specialized in Japanese tea in Yokoyama-cho, Hachioji City, to local people as a commercial and cultural facility.

As part of this project, a small town block was created as a conglomeration of the history of Hachioji and the consolidated elements of the community by rebuilding the shop, renovating the four other buildings, laying a garden path (roji) north and south through the elongated plot, and making a small open space garden (niwa) facing the public walk.