Ogimachi Global Dispensing
Pharmacy by TKY Japan

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Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by TKY Japan

This tiny gabled pharmacy is squeezed into a narrow alleyway between two towering apartment blocks in Osaka.

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by TKY Japan

Japanese architects Yasuo Imazu of Ninkipen!, Toshikatsu Ienari and Kenta Fukunishi collaborated to design the project, under the collective identity TKY Japan.

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by TKY Japan

Behind the glazed facade, an exposed skeleton of wooden columns and rafters surrounds the building’s long, thin interior.

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by TKY Japan

A wood and steel staircase at the back of the pharmacy leads up to a mezzanine, positioned above an enclosed office.

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by TKY Japan

You can see more projects by Ninkipen! here, including a bakery with an exposed concrete counter.

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by TKY Japan

Photography is by Hiroki Kawata.

Here's some more explanation from Yasuo Imazu:


This is a new construction of a Pharmacy, in the center of Osaka city area of Japan.

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by TKY Japan

The site once used to be a farm road. When the World War II ended, a small house was built on the road and stayed there illegally for several ten years. After the house was removed, the site then became a residential land.

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by TKY Japan

In front of this newly built pharmacy, there are remains of a sidewalk, which define an original function of the site used to have, thus the building is set back.

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by TKY Japan

That the site was a road, and that there was a small illegally-built house, were the two historical contexts we valuated as the uniqueness of the site.

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by TKY Japan

The form of the building follows the shape of the site with a gabled roof on top which realizes the simplest form of a house. The continuous ceiling which visually creates almost a linear perspective reflects the linear shape of the site, the path or the road.

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by TKY Japan

Though it is surrounded by volumetric urban buildings, we kept the minimum volume of a single story house, recalling a persisting memory of the site, the little house.

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by TKY Japan

The structure is consisted of simple steel-frame which allows the wood columns and rafters to be exposed, thus provides warm and intimate atmosphere to the customers.

Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy by TKY Japan

Project name: Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy
Architect: TKY JAPAN(Toshikatsu Ienari, Kenta Fukunishi, Yasuo Imazu/ninkipen!

Use: dispensing pharmacy
Location: Osaka, Japan

Design: 2010.12〜2011.7
Construction: 2011.8〜2011.11

Site area: 96.22m2
Building area: 61.94m2
Total floor area: 61.94m2

  • Chris

    Surprised there's no roof windows, the middle section would be much lighter without the need for artificial lighting.

  • http://www.DesignPOV.com Scott Sowers

    Forged through urban density.

  • shien

    simple but lack of natural

  • abc

    I I can't help thinking that this is very selfish design considering their groundfloor neighbours.

    • Emma

      Regarding ground floor neighbors no worries, it’s office space and they usually shutter all windows in Japan to only use artificial light (i know…incredible) so I dont think the tiny house would deprive the light. It wouldn’t have been built if so.

  • claire

    The detailing is beautiful. Can anyone pick out what the sheet lining is?