PLUS Design Cross



Photo: Tomooki Kengaku
The site selected for this new showroom was a high ceilinged undecorated "skeleton" space with its structure exposed and ventilation pipings running in all directions, a unique environment nothing like a typical office space or their previous showroom.

The most renowned skeleton structured building is the Centre Pompidou, a centre for culture and art in Paris housing the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
It is now celebrated as one of the most popular landmarks in Paris, however the radical design of the building was initinally met with hostility claimed to have been a threat to the beautiful Parisian landscape.
Renzo Piano, designer of the building together with Richard Rogers, declared at the time “to have wanted to demolish the image of a cultural building which frightens. It's the dream of an extraordinarily free relationship between art and people, where you breathe the city at the same time”
Since Centre Pompidou, the skeleton structured design has gradually been recognized and now become one of the commonly applied designs in cafes, restaurants and retail stores here in Japan. However, it has become so common that it may no longer bring excitement to visitors. Additionally, the design can be taken as being cold and industrial.
Therefore, we took a completely opposite approach from that of Centre Pompidou. Instead of introducing something new and radical, we looked back in history and brought back the design element of "arch" which has been used from the ancient times. Simple yet symbolic feature of the arch eases the strong impression of the pipings and adds a warm feeling of analogue, historical and nostalgy to the space. Coexistance of the 2 design elements, skeleton and arch, exhibits the harmony of contradicting factors such as "present & past" and "function & emotion", to showcase the depth of the space and bring various emotions to the visitors.

Photo: Tomooki Kengaku