AG Cafe by Kidosaki Architects Studio

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Tokyo studio Kidosaki Architects have completed the interior of a combined cafe and gallery in Aichi, Japan, with nest-like profiles cut out from the top of one wall.

Called AG Cafe, the patterns are an interpretation of a birds' nest, CNC-cut and backlit.

The project is furnished with Vegetal chairs by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec (see our earlier).

Here's some more information from the architects:


AG cafe is planned for gallery and cafe which aimed to offer the place can meet to art easy and to support artists at Osu Shopping street in the center of Nagoya City. The owner requested a space which can enjoy the art at the space of cafe near place where picture is decorated in daily life, not at inorganic space in not daily life. Also he requested to harmonize two contrary factor, cafe’s lively brisk and gallery’s dignified atmosphere. The space is composed of the design and the tone which feel warmth of cafe. Also added “quality” which necessary to gallery by stick to proportion and detail.

We designed abstraction pattern of birds’ nest for feel warmth of design and placed everywhere. This pattern has part of frame and owner’s desire that artists will bring up, flaps, and fly away from this cafe. This pattern had cut out by CNC router’s minimum radius 5 mm so it can realized beautiful detail. Also we chose the furniture which become familiar to the pattern and expecting multiplier effect. We made many models of each part of proportion and tried to create “quality”. The side of shopping street fitted with glass then people can see the inner part of cafe, therefore when the works display in the cafe, people who comes and goes in the shopping street attract to artists works naturally. We wish many artists will flap and fly away from this space.

Architects: Kidosaki Architects Studio- Hirotaka Kidosaki, principal-in-charge; Satoshi Itasaka, project team
General contractor: ZEROWORKS-Rei Takeyama, Masahiro Mori
Location: 3-38-10 Osu Naka-Ku Nagoya city Aichi, Japan
Total Area: 60.9 m2 (Kitchen: 11.6m2)
Seats: 28 seats


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  • ste

    what an introverted depressing space they created… i definitely wouldnt like to spend more then 10 minutes there… really negative feelings coming up my mind when thinking bout people sitting there and try to relax with a cup of tea… strange project… cant imagine how one is able to do such things!

    (besides the spatial problems i see a lot of annoying details… the lasercutted walls tries to make one zone out of this room but every 5m we can see supports and beams behind the pattern… strangle putted on by the lighting… sorry not even bourroulecs chairs can save this place)

  • m!

    Obviously the quality of the japanese architecture/space is completely diferent from our western pattern. So, some people don´t get the idea.
    I simply love that space. I would love to spend some time in there, and art will be on the walls…
    People/art will be the highlights in there, and japanese people/art are really interesting.

    Congratulations. Awesome work.

  • ste

    so in other words… in places where interesting people or interesting art will be there is no reason to do good architecture???

    wheres the justification for the poor detailing? or for the strange way artificial light and patterns work together/against each other? or for the simple fact that one will feel like in a basement even it is ground level?

  • Dusgruntled

    Interrested in Ste and m!’s take on this variation of the theme:

    http://www.ya-studio.com/YAstudioProjectsFrJtz.html

  • m!

    Sorry, Ste, you just changed my words…

    Do you believe there´s no good architeture/interior design in that space? Hum…

    I think it´s clean and well finished.
    I like the atmosphere and the strange industrial lights and patterns.
    I simply love the color scheme.
    Do I would feel in a basement? No.
    Maybe the architects could explain those questions to you.

    Thanks Dusgruntled, I also like the Y.A. cafe.

  • http://sawdustandglitter.com PK

    I wonder if m! would actually like the designs if it doesn’t mention it was made by a Japanese designer.

    As a whole, the design is pretty normal, sort of a Beijing Olympic Stadium rehash.

    The details are pretty clean, which is standard for most Japanese designs, so I’m not exactly surprised either.