Shima Kitchen: Teshima Island Building, Japan

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Shima Kitchen, Japan : Teshima Building

Shima Kitchen Teshima – design by Atelier Ryo Abe

14 Aug 2016

Shima Kitchen, Teshima Kagawa, Japan by architecte atelier ryo abe is an International Architecture Awards Winner in 2016

International Architecture Awards 2016

17 Aug 2011

Shima Kitchen Teshima

Design: Atelier Ryo Abe

Location: Karato, Kagawa, Tonosyotyo, Japan

House on the Seto Inland Sea

Shima Kitchen was a renovation project to create a venue for arts and dining from an old vacant house in a village on Teshima, a rural island in the Seto Inland Sea of Western Japan. Around this old house were vacant lands where several other buildings had been demolished a long time ago.

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photos © Atelier Ryo Abe

An old warehouse and two persimmon trees remained. We changed the house into an open style kitchen, refitted the warehouse as an art gallery, and extended a sunshade awning around the trees to create an outdoor theatre. The theatre was based on a traditional NOH style, with its stage (butai), veranda (hashikake), and gallery (sajiki), but was designed to adapt to various kinds of event programs such as live music, modern performance art, and community festivals. The awning is made of charred timber shingles which are traditionally used as siding on the houses.

The shingles were tied loosely to a frame and would flutter slightly in the wind to evoke bird feathers. The structure is created with simple materials that can easily be found even on this isolated island. 34 mm steel water pipes were used as the main columns and main beams, 27 mm steel water pipes as the sub-beams, and D10 steel rods as the grid frame of the awning. We also employed a very light foundation system with spiral steel flat bar piles. The form of the awning was conceived to flow contiguously from the existing house with its outer edges lower than the neighboring houses.

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pictures © Daici Ano

Shima Kitchen images / information from FD

Location: Kagawa, Tonosyotyo, Japan, East Asia

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