Florian Busch Architects フロリアンブッシュ建築設計事務所

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Interior elevations

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K8

2014-2015


Until some time ago, there were, we are told, 12 bars spread over three 2-storey houses on this 50 m2 plot on Kiyamachidori, adjacent to one of Kyoto’s most intricate network of night alleys, Pontocho, where a vibrant mixture of bars, brothels, inns, dwellings, shops have for centuries created an urban atmosphere of essential Kyoto nightlife. With an unobtrusive high-end restaurant next to a (visually less subtle) cheap yakitori, with a hidden gem of a ryokan at the end of the narrowest of side-alleys across an enigmatic place commanding courage to enter, any walk here leads to eventual surprises.

 

As the eastern part of Pontocho looks onto Kamogawa, Kyoto’s major river, urban regulations have not allowed this area to change much for centuries: It is still a fabric of small, low houses.

 

To the west, however, Kiyamchidori runs parallel to Pontocho’s main spine. Here, regulations have loosened over time resulting in an eclectic array of buildings up to six storeys tall. K8 is on a narrow site perched between two such tall buildings representing the days when the area was declared open frontier and quick money was put in erecting (at best) nondescript mediocrity.

 

Where Pontocho is experienced as a horizontal sequence of encounters, K8 is the translation of that experience into the vertical. In foregoing the ubiquitous elevator, which —as a separate tube penetrating unrelated layers— divides as much as it connects, K8 is in fact one coherent, continuously varying space stretching over eight levels. The evening evolves as a gradually changing course of events, from aperitif on ground level to digestif on the top overlooking Pontocho towards Kamogawa. Here, the staircase cannot be a separate serving space but becomes the central stage. In epitomising K8’s central concept, the staircase is about detailing to a degree of absence, so that the limited space can be experienced to the full, in a spatially continuous transparency.

 

As a homogeneous yet continuously changing surface, the façade creates an ambiguity often found in Kyoto’s architecture. Through their gradual rotations, several hundred wooden louvers evoke a sense of motion, as if the building itself were continuously engaging with its environment. From the outside, the building’s interior is more concealed than revealed. Facing the building, one is left without a precise answer as to how many floors or how deep the building might be. Towards the sides, the louvers are rotated to a degree that they almost appear to be a solid, albeit nuanced, wall. Towards the middle, varying degrees of transparency give subtle hints about the inside. Walking by further sets the façade in motion, as if the building itself were moving around those who pass by, luring them inside by revealing subtle glimpses of the inside

 

K8 won the 2016 Detail inside prize.

 

Kyoto, Japan
京都、河原町

Type:
Commercial
商業施設

Status:
Completed
竣工

Project Team:

FBA: Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Suguru Takahashi, Akira Miyamoto, Antoine Vaxelaire, Renee Reder, Oliver Pershav, Katie Colford (intern), Shiori Sageshima (intern), Anne-Marlene Rüede (intern), Kayo Nakamura (intern)

Structural engineering: OAK (Masato Araya, Tomonori Kawata)

Contractor: Mugishima Corp.

FBA: フロリアン ブッシュ、宮崎佐知子、髙橋卓、宮本哲、アントワン ヴァクセレール、レネー レだー、オリバー パーシャヴ、ケーティー コールフォード(インターン)、提島しおり(インターン)、アン マレン ルエデ(インターン)、中村佳世(インターン)
構造: OAK 新谷眞人、川田知典
施工: 株式会社麦島建設



Gross floor area: 155.98 m²
Steel structure
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