The Ceramic Market by Tsuyoshi Kawata


Architect Tsuyoshi Kawata of Japanese studio Tonoma has designed a ceramics market to fill the gap between two buildings in Osaka, Japan.

Called The Ceramic Market, the project will be made up of six buildings connected by courtyards and bridges, and enclosed by the existing buildings on either side and a transparent roof.

The project aims to recreate a historic ceramic market that inhabited the same street 300 years ago and will include a house for the client.

Other work by Tsuyoshi Kawata featured on Dezeen: Usuki House (February 2010)

Here is some information from the architect:


The Ceramic Market at the gap space on a historic ceramic street of Osaka, Japan

This project is a urban renovation project, rebuilding the historic ceramic market that used to inhabit this street in Osaka, Japan. The ceramics street prospered in the Edo era 300 years ago, and ceramics Festival was held several years ago, but do not now. This project aims to revive the street and the prosperity of the stores.

The site of this building is narrow, and expensive buildings are built to the north and south of the site. The interior has to hold an exhibition of the historic articles and the exhibit space of the ceramist (Arita ware, Bizen ware, Kyoto ware, etc) as well as a house for the owner. At the same time, the site has to appeal to shoppers at the karmic market. The building is made up of six rooms placed over the site with courtyards in-between.

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The appearance is the shape that cut them at the position of the site, and glass wraps up a ceiling and the wall. The inside space is different from an impression built in the gap of the high building which I looked at from the outside by taking this placement, and the space that seems to be the outside gives a mysterious impression to a person of visitor. And, in this building, We can enjoy the mysterious space where the old times overlapped now by a person of visitor going back and forth in the inside. Now, a renovation planning of the ceramics street is going.

Posted on Tuesday February 9th 2010 at 8:01 pm by Chris Barnes. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • laar

    nice idea!

  • charlie chan

    i never knew the terminology “ceramist” exists.

    interesting project, the client must be a big history fanatic.

  • jp

    nice graphics!

  • starving

    i want to say i love the renderings, i really do… but they’re so distracting. i really really almost like them though….

  • bebo

    i just loved the presentation so much, i didnt even pay atention to the project… sorry.

  • tweetertweet

    loving the illustrations/renderings.
    They are soooo nice

  • Mario

    I love the traditionall way of drawing!

  • tanya telford – T

    really like this idea of urban renovation, sounds like they will create a really lovely craft community feel,

  • katie

    very nice idea. i would like to see it in real :)

  • This is a very well integrated design. Hats up to the nippon guys! The graphics are very nice without being kitsch. It would be interesting to see the realisation.

  • Booh

    Actually what’s really interesting is those graphics. The Japanese have been using axonometric projection drawings since… I donno the Fujiwara or Heian Periods of Art, which… Kinda beats the western world really bad. We developed perspective in 1445. I think the architect is intentionally referencing those ideas, Look at that bottom rendering where the roofs arn’t transparent. For us the Axon drawings would highlight the difference between public, and privet space but historically were used traditionally used to illustrate complex social relationships. The Architect is using the historical drawing style to make his ideas more powerful, and culturally significant. I mean… In the same way as an American Architect I simply put a star bucks or McDonnalds take out in all of my renderings to connect to my clients.

  • Rob

    Does someone know the exact location of this project? And is it finished already?
    I’m living in Japan and would like to see it in real… Thx! ROB

  • I also really appreciated the presentation as others did! It seems that there is something more out there than those boring real-life like visuals and renders… I am glad everyone appreciated them as well.