Beishu Gallery

Lead DesignerRyuichi Sasaki+Rieko Okumura
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Prize(s)1st Place in Interior Design / Conceptual
Entry Description

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

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