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Project in Detail

SHIMA KITCHEN

Culture, New and old
Tonosyotyo, Japan
ARCHITECTS ATELIER RYO ABE, Shibuya Shibuya-ku Tokyo, Japan
2011
World Architecture Festival 2011 - Category Winner

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RYO ABE - ARCHITECTS ATELIER RYO ABE 


Shima Kitchen was a renovation project to create a venue for arts and
dinning from an old vacant house in a village on Teshima, a rural island
in the Seto Inland Sea of Western Japan.

Around this old house were vacant lands where several other buildings had
been demolished a long time ago. An old warehouse and two persimmon
trees remained. We changed the house into an open style kitchen, refitted
the warehouse as an art gallery, and extended a sunshade awning around
the trees to create an outdoor theatre. The theatre was based on a
traditional NOH style, with its stage (butai), veranda (hashikake),
and gallery (sajiki), but was designed to adapt to various kinds of event
programs such as live music, modern performance art, and community festivals.

The awning is made of charred timber shingles which are traditionally
used as siding on the houses. The shingles were tied loosely to a frame
and would flutter slightly in the wind to evoke bird feathers.
The structure is created with simple materials that can easily be found
even on this isolated island.
34 mm steel water pipes were used as the main columns and main beams,
27 mm steel water pipes as the sub-beams, and D10 steel rods as the
grid frame of the awning. We also employed a very light foundation
system with spiral steel flat bar piles.

The form of the awning was conceived to flow contiguously from
the existing house with its outer edges lower than the neighboring
houses. In this way the roof fits harmoniously into the surrounding
landscape of the village, without disturbing the serene atmosphere.

Working with existing structures, traditional methods, and simple
materials, we created an intimate village gathering place that creates
a pleasant feeling of being under the shade of trees.

Lead Architect »

ARCHITECTS ATELIER RYO ABE
Shibuya Shibuya-ku Tokyo
Japan
 

Professional Credits »

Architect
Mr RYO ABE
ARCHITECTS ATELIER RYO ABE
Japan
+813-3407-4676

Client / Developer
ART FRONT GALLERY Co., Ltd.
Japan

Environmental Engineer
ARCHITECTS ATELIER RYO ABE
Japan

Kitchen
MARUZEN CO.,LTD.
Japan

Main Contractor
NOMURA-GUMI
Japan

Main Contractor
UEHARA-Komuten
Japan

Project Manager
Ms Megumi Motouchi
ARCHITECTS ATELIER RYO ABE
Japan

Stage consulting
Mr Yu Furuhashi
Showa Academia Musicae
Japan

Structural Engineer
Mr Masayoshi Kurashige
NETUREN Co., Ltd.
Japan

Structural Engineer
Mr Mitsuhiro Kanada
Tokyo university of the Arts
Japan
 

Supplier / Product Credits »

Lighting
MAXRAY Inc.,
Japan

Roof coverings
Kyoei Lumber Inc.,
Japan

Sanitary wear
CERA TRADING CO.,LTD
Japan

Spiral fundamental
GT-spiral Inc.,
Japan