FAN JAPAN SHOP

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Photo © Joshua Lieberman
Photo © Joshua Lieberman
Photo © Joshua Lieberman
Photo © Joshua Lieberman
Photo © Joshua Lieberman
Architects
Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop
Location
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Year
2015


This shop sells traditional Japanese crafts in a commercialcomplex in Kuala Lumpur. When viewed from the outside passage, the sales floor fixtures are illuminated with spot lighting to create a sharp contrast between light and shadow.


Towards the rear, there is a café separated from the sales floor by a grid screen. The rearmost wall behind the café bar is covered in reflective tin leaf and is uniformly illuminated. 


 


When viewed from outside, the screen creates a silhouette resembling a Japanese shoji door caught the light, giving the space a sense of depth. 


 


As these elements come together, a uniquely Japanese light and shadow aesthetic exemplified in Kyoto’s Katsura Imperial Villa is recreated within the context of a commercial facility. 


 


The tin leaf wall covering, meticulously handmade by Japanese craftsmen, imparts the high degree of Japanese spatial expression to the local workers who applied it.


 

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