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


K8 in Kyoto

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. Pontocho unfolds to its visitors as a horizontal labyrinth.

Located just behind Pontocho, K8, a small building housing a bar and a gallery, is the translation of that experience into the vertical: one continuous space stretching over eight levels. Here, the evening evolves as a gradually changing course of events, from aperitif on ground level to digestif on the top overlooking Pontocho towards Kamogawa.

As a homogeneous yet continuously changing surface, the façade creates an ambiguity often found in Kyoto’s architecture. Several hundred wooden louvers evoke a sense of motion, as if the building itself were continuously engaging with its environment. From 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 sets the façade in motion, the building starts to dance.

 

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K8 has been awarded 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
延べ床面積 155.98 m²
鉄骨造