Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami
and Be-Fun Design

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Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

A curving chasm slices off the corner of this showroom building in western Tokyo to create a passageway to its entrance.

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

Completed by Japanese architects Tsutomu Hasegawa of Be-Fun Design and Takato Tamagami in 2008, the five-storey-high concrete block contains galleries and a workplace for textile company Sunwell.

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

Glass bridges cross the narrow, timber-lined alleyway on the three upper levels, leading to small triangular meeting rooms.

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

On the ground floor, a staircase leads down to a basement with high ceilings, where the company host events.

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

This is the second product showroom we've featured on Dezeen this month - see our recent story about a timber showroom concealed behind gauzy black curtains.

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

Photography is by Masaya Yoshimura.

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

Here's some more text from Takato Tamagami:


Sunwell Muse Kita-sando

This is a building of a textile planning and trading company which handles the entire process from the production to retail.

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

The site is well located on the corner plot near the fashionable city "Harajuku".

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

The client had been focusing on female apparel business, so the concept of our building design which is a metaphor of female beauty was suitable for them to put across their corporate identity.

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

The components that characterises this architecture are the two curved surface walls which dominate the entire space.

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

These two walls form a shortcut path which connects the roads in front of each side of the corner plot.

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

This path which looks like a narrow alley or the bottom of a ravine leads visitors inside the building, to the event hall in the basement and the showrooms on the first and second floors.

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

The curves used in the elevation surfaces on the north side and the east side represent those of a female body.

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

The graceful curved surface walls were created by connecting the curves with a straight line.

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

These curved walls are used as a motif of this architecture, and you can see them not only in the façade but also in the internal spaces on each floor.

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

Use: show room, event hall, office
Client: Sunwell Group

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

Architect: Takatotamagami Architectural Design/Takato Tamagami + Be-Fun Design/Tsutomu Hasegawa
Location: Sendagaya, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

Date of completion: 29th, February, 2008
Structure: reinforced concrete structure + steel structure

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

Exterior wall materials: custom-made stucco/ timber pine natural resin varnish finish
Roof materials: seat waterproofing

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

Interior wall materials: concrete finish/ timber pine natural resin varnish finish / plasterboard EP
Interior floor materials: calcium silicate board/ cement plastering

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

Building area: 221m2
Total floor area: 992m2

Sunwell Muse by Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun

  • http://www.gpidesign.com Alaya Ren

    Stylish.

  • anna

    not at all subtle.bad executed curves and on the third image the building looks realy strange.

    • corey

      if by strange, you mean awesome, then yes it looks strange. quite a simple concept executed beautifully. wow.

  • http://www.artaic.com PReiss

    I love the form of the entryway – the curves are beautiful, although I feel like some of the more angular shapes of the interior compete too much with the flowing lines – like the shape created by the "void" stairwell

  • http://dgarquitecto.blogspot.com/ Dani

    I think this is a very formal building.

  • http://www.fluidstonestudio.co.uk Nathan

    I think its beautiful – I love curvy Dr Suess style buildings – And the cantilevered wooden treads are a nice touch

  • martini-girl

    Amazing exterior.

    Totally underwhelming interior.

  • PTP

    Bizarre. Quite a formal proposal. Looks whimsical to me.

  • pierre

    The line on that curve is not exact/smooth enough and I find my eye catches a few flats in the curve, however I love the simplicity of this concept.

  • nitchy14

    I feel good when I look to this kind of design. For me, this is a really nice project.

  • Juan Galicia

    Augh damn… I swear thats what I was going to do with a project :P … damn it *scaps*

  • designobot

    Design aside, the construction of this looks amazing – perfect and clean. Image this building constructed in new york or anywhere else – it would be a mess