Auto Repair Shop Nigata, Japan

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Auto Repair Shop Japan : Nigata Architecture

Japanese Auto Repair Shop design by Future-scape Architecture in Tokyo, Japan

17 Apr 2010

Auto Repair Shop in Nigata

Design: Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

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photos : Future-scape Architecture

Auto Repair Shop in Japan

This building is located in the suburb of Nigata City, one of the large cities in Japan. The shop is used by the staff and the users who like to repair car by oneself.

In the suburb of Nigata City, many suburbian architectures appear. The majority is classified in ‘the commercial establishment with strong color and fanciful form’ and ‘the monotonous offices and warehouses which have no interest of design and is finished with grey or beige color’.

The architecture office intended to design a new suburbian architecture that reflects the character of the suburb but was neither involved in the fancifulness competition nor was different from the monotonous office.

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photos : Koichi Torimura

1. Low cost and box form volume

Since the construction cost was extreme low, the architecture practice adopted a simple box form volume as a minimum size necessary for getting the legal certification. The architects thought that the low cost and the box form were the important characters for the suburbian architecture.

2. Design of reverse : Continuous but independent

The keyword of design in this factory is ‘REVERSE’. It was based on the field survey and the analysis of the suburb of Nigata. By reversing some characters of the suburbian architecture, the architect practice designed an architecture that was continuous with the usual suburbian architecture and townscape but independent from those by the somewhat different atmosphere based on the reverse.

2a. Reverse of the exterior appearance

In the usual suburbian architecture, the windows reflect the state of the interior, that is, the windows open from the inside towards the outside. While, in this factory, each-side’s window reflects the different state of the each side’s exterior, that is, it opens from the outside towards the inside.

Each side façade is composed of the windows with different height, rhythm and sash type. The gap of each side encounters at the corner of the facade.

2b. Reverse of the interior color

In the usual suburbian architecture, the interior is finished in monotonous colors such as grey, white and beige. Contrastively, in this factory, the strong color of orange and light blue is introduced so that it would make reverse the preconception of usual people on the interior color of the suburbian architectrue. The color is the only finish material that the low-cost suburbian architecture can use.

The interior colors changed from orange to light blue at the glass screen in the center. When they pass the changing point, they are always conscious of the reverse.

2c. Connection of reverse

A few staffs manage the factory. So the client hoped to be able to take charge of it easily.

The walls open with radiated form from the lounge towards the outdoor wash space so that the staff could take charge from the desk in the lounge. The space between the radiated walls is a waiting space. Both side of the walls are finished in mirror that reflects the dead angle of the interior of the factory and the outdoor washing space.

By the effect of the mirror, the two colors of interior, the real exterior image and the virtual exterior image on the mirror encounter together in the waiting space. Then the waiting space becomes a pivot part of the factory.

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photos : Future-scape Architecture

Mederu – Shop and Car Repair Factory in Nigata : Building Information

Architect: Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects
Structural engineers: Oga Structural Design Office
Mechanical engineers: Mai Mechanical Design

Location: Nigata, Nigata, Japan
Use: Auto Repair Shop
Site area: 1529.11 m2
House area: 204.97 m2
Floor area: 251.96 m2
Completion date: Mar 2008

Structure: Steel
Exterior finish: galvanized steel plate
Interior finish
Floor – concrete painted by polyurethane paint
Wall – plasterboard painted by acrylic emulsion paint
Ceiling – plasterboard painted by vinyl paint

Photos: Mederu – Shop and Car Repair Factory in Nigata

Photo by Koichi Torimura + Future-scape Architects

Auto Repair Shop Nigata images / information from Daigo Ishii + Future-scape Architects

Location: Nigata, Japan, East Asia

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