The goal of the project was to design a multi-functional space to serve as entrance, gallery and showroom on the ground level of 40-year-old Beishu Building.
Two different zones reside in the space. One in the front is the entrance and gallery which boasts a 3.8m-high ceiling. Furniture is made easily movable in order to assure flexibility. Pendant lights illuminate the dolls from close and generate impressive shadows.
Beyond the gallery, steel shelves float in overlaying rows in the iconic showroom zone. Each set of dolls hover in its own small world, like in emaki-mono (picture scrolls) where each scene is depicted between the golden clouds. Every plane of the shelf drifts like a trailing cloud and acts as a stage to embrace individual story of the dolls.
Beishu gallery, Tokyo
Architect: Ryuichi Sasaki / Sasaki Architecture + Rieko Okumura / Atelier O
Design team: Ryuichi Sasaki, Rieko Okumura, Gen Sakaguchi, Michal Rogozinski
Light design: Kazuhiro Nagashima / CHIPS LLC + Natsuha Kameoka / Lighting Sou
Manufacturer: E-Sohko Group
Contractor: E-Sohko Group + Urban Plan
Area: 80.70 sqm