Ninkipen! exposes wooden columns
and trusses inside O Pharmacy

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Chunky wooden columns and beams support the sloping timber ceiling of this small pharmacy by Japanese studio Ninkipen! in the city of Ogaki (+ slideshow).

O Pharmacy by Ninkipen! features exposed wooden ceiling

Osaka architects Ninkipen! designed the pharmacy for a plot in front of a hospital and chose to let the building's facade signal its presence to patients, rather than employing typical neon signs.

O Pharmacy by Ninkipen! features exposed wooden ceiling

"We considered how the architecture itself could become a symbol in the town, but unlike other pharmacies filling the streets with big, showy graphic signage," explained the architects.

O Pharmacy by Ninkipen! features exposed wooden ceiling

The underside of the building's long pitched roof is clad in timber to create an expansive, warm surface that can be seen through the full-height windows and is intended to welcome visitors entering the pharmacy from the street.

O Pharmacy by Ninkipen! features exposed wooden ceiling

The roof's low eaves correspond to those of neighbouring buildings, while grass planted on top will eventually cover the entire surface.

O Pharmacy by Ninkipen! features exposed wooden ceiling

A skylight in the middle of the ceiling brings additional daylight into the reception area, as well as to a raised walkway beneath the roof on the upper storey.

O Pharmacy by Ninkipen! features exposed wooden ceiling

The exposed wooden trusses supporting the roof contrast with black metal bracing rods and the black electrical cords from which bare pendant bulbs are suspended.

O Pharmacy by Ninkipen! features exposed wooden ceiling

The dispensing desk is also clad in timber to maintain a consistency of materials throughout the interior.

O Pharmacy by Ninkipen! features exposed wooden ceiling

Photography is by Hiroki Kawata.

Here's a short project description from Ninkipen!:


O Dispensing Pharmacy

This is a new construction for a pharmacy in front of a general hospital.We considered how the architecture itself could become a symbol in the town, but unlike other pharmacies filling the streets with big, showy graphic signage.

O Pharmacy by Ninkipen! features exposed wooden ceiling

A single sloping roof you can see from the street is made of timber and it will be completely covered with grass in a few years. We lowered the edge of the eaves like the surrounding eaves and made the ceiling continue from there to the second floor with a truss with steel diagonal rods. You can look around to the sky on the other side when you enter the pharmacy.

O Pharmacy by Ninkipen! features exposed wooden ceiling

We think the warm timber ceiling on the back of the roof will gently greet the people coming in for medicine. We are happy if citizens remember this as 'the Wood Roofed Pharmacy' and for them this becomes a virgin landscape of pharmacy.

O Pharmacy by Ninkipen! features exposed wooden ceiling

Architect: Yasuo Imazu / ninkipen!
Stractual engineer: Yosiki Mondo
Use: dispensing pharmacy
Location: Ogaki city, Japan

Site area: 177.00m2
Building area: 106.50m2
Total floor area: 172.14m2

  • Pickles The Cat

    Is that a cat slide? (Second to last image).

    • jed

      I think it’s probably where they slide down the dispensed items to the counter.

  • Pickles The Cat

    Meow (Oh… Cheers).