Okomeya Rice Shop by Schemata Architects
A small and minimal rice shop located on a shopping street in Tokyo, Japan. The shop was commissioned by Owan, a company who operates a cafe and coffee shop, to reactivate the street which used to have an array of small stores that have closed down due to economic factors. Schemata Architects renovated a wooden building into a modest-sized store that can be operated by one person. The objective was to maintain a mutually supportive relationship with the neighboring shops to sustain the community as a whole.
The shop design is kept very simple and low-cost. The building was very old and run-down, but we decided to regenerate the old building entirely, as well as the shop space. First we sanded the existing structure such as columns and then sanded the existing wood surface, till it matched the color of new lauan plywood used for furnishings. As a result the overall space gained the refreshed appearance, in which the old and new parts are almost indistinguishable. The shop looks very modest and does not stand out by itself, but we expect to raise people’s expectation by continuously renovating more shops this way to enhance the entire street.