Nendo: a transparent complex in Tokyo


Studio Nendo, led by designer Oki Sato, designed the multi-functional complex Kashiyama Daikanyama in Tokyo.

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Building, Created by order of the Onward Kashiyama clothing concern, it is a system of blocks of different sizes, asymmetrically located one above the other. Glazed facades provide a connection between the interior spaces and the street, while the roofs of individual blocks serve as open terraces. Overlapping, overlapping zones “ inside '' and 'outside' & mdash; the leitmotif of the whole project.

There is a cafe on the lowest, semi-basement floor. This space is connected to the ground floor, where there is a gallery and lounge area that can be used for exhibitions and events. The second and third levels are devoted to the field of fashion and design. On the fourth floor there is a 65-seat restaurant with access to the upper level with a small bar.

The choice of materials, colors and patterns that are used in various areas of the complex helps to visually connect all the spaces. The furniture created by the Nendo studio serves the same purpose. For example, at each level are chairs from the Minotti Tape series, with their light, rounded silhouettes and a name that refers to the world of haute couture.

In the lounge & mdash; Isole sofas designed by Oki Sato in collaboration with designer Luca Nichetto. The metal legs of the models echo the lines of the handrails and fixtures' hangers. And the palette chosen for the furniture on the third floor matches the shade and texture of the marble floor.

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