One more project designed by Kubota Architect Atelier – Kitchenhouse Showroom in Fukuoka, Japan. It is located near the Fukuoka International Airport that is considered a window to Asia in Japan. The client is a kitchen production company, and this building mainly acts as a showroom for their products.
The plot has an irregular shape and a level difference of about six meters. Beyond the plot, there was a shrine in small woods, so the architect decided not to interrupt the axis line to this shrine and divided the ground and the first floors into two parts, arranging an open space between them. The main entrance to the building is organized from this open space, and the main showrooms are located on the second and the third floors.
The shape of the building is formed by two white concrete slabs with sharp edges that make them visually thinner. Describing the exterior, the architect said: ‘The only two sheets of the white slab folded create the whole space of more than 1,700 square meters. It was planned that using the loose and soft curved surfaces along the boundary of the property and the sky line make their internal and external boundaries separating the space ambiguous. The reflections of the light by a white large curved surface of walls or ceilings make the entire space filled with a sickly white light to where. Then, the space full of that soft light gets rid of the shade from space and the gravity from actual condition, and leads concreteness to abstraction. The mind bound with the existing consciousness is unraveled gently by the power of anything to abstraction. Then, that invites to the free consciousness spreading infinitely, and the heart soars freely to where with the wings flying off in front.’