Karis by Suppose Design Office


Japanese architects Suppose Design Office have completed a boutique made of cardboard tubes in a Hiroshima shopping centre.

Called Karis, the project features tubes of different lengths suspended in clusters to create 'caves' within the space.

More about Suppose Design Office on Dezeen:

Cloud at Designtide Tokyo (November 2009)
Nature Factory (August 2009)
House in Minamimachi (July 2009)
House in Matsuyama (July 2009)
House in Nagoya (July 2009)
House in Saijo (July 2009)
House in Jigozen (June 2009)
House in Sakuragawa (June 2009)
House in Kamakura (June 2009)

See also: Dezeen's top ten cardboard projects.

The information below is from Suppose Design Office:


This is a boutique project for “karis” in a shopping center in Hiroshima.

The space is for shopping but also for holding events. The concept of the store is space that is changing its view or atmosphere depending on where you are standing, such as caves or limestone caves. At some points the place offers a view to the end of the store, and also it has an area surrounded by the inner partitions. The experience walking through the artificial yet random space would be close to something like walking in nature. The purpose of the design is to offer a new shopping experience that people could see products through strolling in nature.

The materials of the partitions are paper tubes that are strong and easy to work with, and moreover, they are using for tubes to roll up cloths. The tubes are layered randomly as to be uneven surfaces and create arch shapes as partition for the store.

Because of the arches, the store creates various spaces that are irregular and complex, such as caves in nature. The boutique could be used in different way with the unique characteristics of the partitions through a year. We believe that the store would be a chance to find a new and fresh relationship between people and products.

Posted on Monday February 15th 2010 at 5:39 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Cristina


  • Arch

    Well, the Japanese Pavillion of Expo 2000 by Shigeru Ban & Frei Otto shows a much more impressive utilization of paper tubes in a much bigger scale:

    e.g. http://www.designboom.com/history/ban_expo.html

  • I would love to know what would happen if a strong wind were to blow inside. It would be quite a symphony.

  • Even though it is a repeated concept it think it is still nicely done. The first images gave the impression of a cave like shop but then i saw the other pictures where the cave construction is just dotted spaces where the external is square(?). To my view it lost its charm.

  • MrCoolTeapot

    Not too long ago was at a construction project and walked by the dumpster where the carpet guys put their used cardboard tubes.
    The design here recalls that image. Not that appealing.

    Hopefully the tubes have been coated with flame retardent?

    They do make white cardboard tubing. Would that not be more interesting design wise?

  • wii

    Reminds me of the Sibelius monument in Helsinki, Finland. Kiitos

  • ma7rous

    looks like a gothic church

  • hannjupp
  • Chuck Nuts

    Thats a lot of toilet rolls !

  • ck

    i agree with lior….isolated square ‘caves’ aren’t creating as great an effect as a more random arrangement would’ve done…

  • Nice idea

    I love the japanese pavilion “arch”, more of an engineering marvel than a store design like this though.

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