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Shikism Building in Saitama Prefecture
2 Jun 2021
Shikism Mixed-Use Building
Architect: Ryuichi Sasaki / Sasaki Architecture
Location: Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo, Japan
Located on a commercial street about thirty minutes by train from the center of Tokyo, within walking distance from Shiki Station in Saitama Prefecture, the Shikism Building is a steel-frame multi-tenant building with four stories above ground and one below. The city of Shiki prospered as a commercial area on the banks of the Shingashi River during the Edo period, and in modern times developed as a major stop on the Tobu-Tojo railway line.
We began the design process by reflecting on what kind of architecture could create a new dialogue with the scenery of Shiki, which evolved in relationship to the river, greenery, and people, while also embodying the spirit of the city. One of the most important needs of a modern commercial tenant building is the pursuit of profit maximization. This project meets that need yet also allows diverse values to exist simultaneously.
With a façade of reflective colored-aluminum cladding, the building is integrated into the shopping street leading to Shiki Station, serving as the starting point for a new era for the district. The size and shape of the three front terraces differ on each floor, bringing variety to the façade. In some places they are missing part of the ceiling or floor, while in others the floor tilts up into a wall that connects with the floor above it. The terrace surface is made of the same colored aluminum as the façade and reflects the movements of people inside and outside the building.
Vines climb the wires and rods stretched between the upper and lower balcony slabs. The façade is envisioned as an iconic new architectural form, giving rise to interactions between the building and the colored aluminum.
The tenant space will be occupied in the basement and on the first floor by a food court featuring the best restaurants in and around Shiki, on the second floor by a nursery school, and on the third and fourth floors by shared offices. The terraces are well integrated with the tenant spaces, which were designed with careful attention to light, greenery, and the flow of space.
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What was the brief?
With a façade of reflective colored-aluminum cladding, the building is integrated into the shopping street leading to Shiki Station, serving as the starting point for a new era for the district. The size and shape of the three front terraces differ on each floor, bringing variety to the façade.
Key products used:
Color Aluminum Cladding
What were the key challenges?
The design of the tenant building architecture is a new dialogue with the landscape of Shiki, which has been established based on the flow of the river, greenery, and the relationship with people, while instilling Shiki-ism. And realization of the pursuit of maximizing profits as a modern commercial tenant building.
The design influenced by vessel like figure was adopted, and by using a reflective aluminum cladding with added color, the building reflects the constant changing weather and the flow of cars, bicycles, and people. The unique design in the shopping district and has the effect of creating spaces comes alive. In addition, the tenant space is shaped simple rectangular the area requirements for maximizing profits.
Shikism Building in Saitama Prefecture, Japan – Building Information
Lead Architects: Sasaki Architecture
Lead Architect: Ryuichi Sasaki
Architecture Team: Anna Kwapien, Gen Sakaguchi, Yuriko Ogura/SASAKI ARCHITECTURE
Producer: Manabu Kokubu/U-Plan, Inc
Structure: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering: Isoiso Design
Lighting: Natsuha Kameoka/Lighting Sou
Graphic:YTRO DESIGN INSTITUTE
Client: Kenji Namikawa/Kawashimaya Fudosan
Contractor: Kyodo Kensetsu
Photograph: Takumi Ota Photography
Building Area: 771.00m2
Schedule April, 2017 to February, 2020
Special Materials: Bright Dip Anodized Aluminium /Shinko Stainless Polishing
Project size: 818 m2
Site size: 191 m2
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 4
Photography: Takumi Ota
Shikism Building, Saitama Prefecture images / information received 020621
Location: Saitama Prefecture, Tokyo, Japan
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