In Tokyo, japanese architect Kengo Kuma has transformed a former book warehouse into ‘la kagu‘ – a event space in the city’s kagurazaka district. A huge staircase interspersed with trees winds up to the entrance of this former Tokyo warehouse that Kengo Kuma and Associates has converted into a lifestyle store and cafe.
La Kagu technical information
- Architects: Kengo Kuma | Kengo Kuma Bibliography & Profile
- Location: Tokyo, Japan
- Project year: 2014
- Program: Commercial & Offices / Retail
- Size: 962.45 m2
- Photographs: © Keishin Horikoshi
We opened the house toward the street, and connected its first floor using an organic-shaped wooden staircase, which expands just like earth. The stairs diverge in the middle, and one leads up to the second floor.
– Kengo Kuma Architects
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© Keishin Horikoshi / SS Tokyo
Named La Kagu, the 960-square-metre building houses a fashion and homeware boutique, a bookstore and a cafe. It was first constructed in the 1960s and was previously used as a storage facility for books.
Kagurazaka is one of the few districts in Tokyo that best retains historic townscape. The project was a renovation of a big warehouse of books located on top of Kagurazaka hill, for which we created a public space like a ground, together with a café and a shop.
We opened the house toward the street, and connected its first floor with the crossing using an organic-shaped wooden staircase, which expands just like earth. The stairs diverge in the middle, and one leads up to the second floor. We connected the town and the warehouse, the ground and the architecture, the past and the present.