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Café in Ujina, Hiroshima designed by IGArchitects

The Japanese architecture firm IGArchitects led by Masato Igarashi has recently completed Café in Ujina that stands along the coast in Hiroshima, Japan

Project description by architect:

Being a café, its structure could also be a gallery, hair salon even a house. This space will broaden possibilities of the users’ life style, and it has strength that will be consistent with any acceptance. This space has been released from services and structure, and it is a possibility of strength and freedom in an architecture form.

Café in Ujina, Hiroshima designed by IGArchitectsimage © Toshiyuki Yano

A jungle gym is a playground equipment, but also could be a mountain, observatory, and a small house. It resembles a nature that continue existing there, and it is also like an architecture that can be freely customized. “The perfect architecture” where everything is prepared is somewhat suffocating. A jungle gym carries possibility to change its use while preserving its strength. I think of building an architecture as such.

concrete steps image © Toshiyuki Yano

The café stands along the coast. The requirements are to make it able to look out the coast from the seating, and to plant a large tree inside. I thought of an architecture with strength that will be consistent with any acceptance, in order to exceed the use of the space as a café and create a place that makes people gather.

Café in Ujina, Hiroshima designed by IGArchitectsimage © Toshiyuki Yano

The glass provides openness so people can enjoy their food in nature, the plants inside allows connection between the space inside and outside. The café has a distinctive space for this site, with its small scale that creates coziness and that people can enjoy coffee and the time viewing the coast spreading out before.

a concrete coffeeshop in hiroshima image © Toshiyuki Yano

The heights of four slabs are to be set by relationship of surrounding environment, seating arrangement and height of the trees. To view the coast over the embankment, multiple slabs; people’s roof, and trees’ roof, are stacked and making places with many different scales. Inside and outside spaces got inverted along with the movement, and many different “between spaces” with different scales made by slab layers, such as between nature and human made, between inside and outside, are forming gradational environment.

concrete facade with large glass windows image © Toshiyuki Yano

The simple table formed structure with slabs that prevent rain and wind and supporting columns, has its own independent composition, and the slabs and columns are made to have no relation to the boundary between in and out.

concrete building with plants at surrounding image © Toshiyuki Yano

This space tried to achieve creation of fulfilled atmosphere only by controlling few materials and simple scales. Being a café, its structure could also be a gallery, hair salon even a house. This space will broaden possibilities of the users’ life style, and it has strength that will be consistent with any acceptance. This space has been released from services and structure, and it is a possibility of strength and freedom in an architecture form.

reflection of the plants and trees in windows image © Toshiyuki Yano

green vegetation grown on gravel and sandy soil image © Toshiyuki Yano

Café in Ujina, Hiroshima designed by IGArchitectsimage © Toshiyuki Yano

tree grown inside the cafeteria image © Toshiyuki Yano

a small tree inside coffeeshop image © Toshiyuki Yano

chair and tables at coffeeshop image © Toshiyuki Yano

a green tree inside cafeteria image © Toshiyuki Yano

table and chairs nearby windowimage © Toshiyuki Yano

bench and table image © Toshiyuki Yano

tree with illumination inside cafe image © Toshiyuki Yano

Café in Ujina, Hiroshima designed by IGArchitectsimage © Toshiyuki Yano

Café in Ujina, Hiroshima designed by IGArchitectsimage © Toshiyuki Yano

concrete building with illumination at night image © Toshiyuki Yano

a cafe in Hiroshima with concrete building illuminated at night image © Toshiyuki Yano

highway road near a bridge image © Toshiyuki Yano

ground floor plan

architecture section drawing

south elevation

west elevation

 

Project name: Café in Ujina

Architecture firm: IGArchitects

Design team: Masato Igarashi

Location: Hiroshima, Japan

Year: 2020

Site area: 63 m²

Total floor area: 55 m²

Client: Mayumi Yamada

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