YUIITSUMUNI

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Location: Kyoto

Year: 2017 Spring

Area:260.7 Sqm

Contractor: Nitani

Photo: Junpei Kato

Since their establishment in 1984, Scope Coco has strived to bring together the Nishijin-style kimono making with more contemporary concepts and usage. Their efforts to push the boundaries of kimono have been recognized widely, by the likes of New York’s Metropolitan Museum and Vogue magazine.
When DAILEI MILLS was brought on board to design the brand’s new showroom space, the client had already identified an old “machiya” – a traditional “town-house” commonly found in historic streets of Kyoto – as the location. The challenge for this project, as put forward by the client, was to create a space that both respect the timeless value of tradition and reinterpret parts of it to create contemporary relevance.
DAIKEI MILLS answer to deconstructing the machiya architecture is immediately obvious once you enter the building. Whereas usually a corridor would provide a passage to separate the rooms, this has been blocked off & replaced by the presence of “black skin” cube made of raw steel. Thus, visitors are forced to navigate

themselves through the left/right wings of the building, where artisan Kimono pieces are serenely displayed.
The floorboard gleans with coat of black lacquer, reflecting the scenes around them with mild distortion. When combined with the natural flowing patterns that appear on the surface of the raw steel, the entire ground floor feels like a flowing river bed.
As the visitors explore deeper towards the back of the building, they come to the lounge space. The space is unlike any other in the building since the entire room is covered by beaten silver foil used in traditional Kimono making (whose surface has a natural pattern as they react sensitively to varying heat), and the floor has been lowered here to match the eye-level with the height of the beautiful garden outside.
Second floor is spacious and gallery-like. Visitors emerge from below by climbing the cave-like stairs covered by raw steel.