FabCafe Kyoto / MTRL KYOTO

Located down a street off Kawaramachi-Gojo in Kyoto, the pre-existing structure is a 120 year old pseudo-Western designed wood building. After being used as print shop and furniture store over several decades, the house was planned to be renovated to a co-working space called MTRL KYOTO. The renovation focused on creating a space which would allow for people to work comfortably in a fixed space.
One of the purposes for renovating the original structure was to embrace the original charm of the old architecture. The transformed house needed to merge seamlessly with the city of Kyoto to create a familiar feel as people would walk by the building. This thought was visualised by a newly built facade at the entrance. Walking underneath the steel plate roof to the garden can gives a traditional alleyway feeling which can be experienced throughout the older neighbourhoods of Kyoto.
Japanese traditional latticework on the ground floor illustrates designs of traditional Kyoto architecture design while enabling visitors to see through the inside. Layering fixed glass windows around the latticework successfully integrates both old and modern styles.
Steel footings used for the exterior wall were repurposed as a part of the facade on the first floor, making it possible to have a great view Jyotokuji Temple from the balcony. The alteration to the exterior allowed for the use of a scenic point and allowed for the repurposing of historical materials.
The first and second floors function as co-working spaces. Inside, there is an irregular shaped table and variously placed chairs allow for the movement of the person to constantly change so that a different space experience is made depending on seating location. There are two large displays for presentations and conferences, prototyping spaces to create with various materials purchased independently by the user, and various machines such as 3D printers and laser cutters.
Modern building materials like a black punching metal and acrylic furniture is utilized in conjecture with traditional materials like brick, plaster finished black wall, solid wood furniture, woven fabrics or pillars from Hida Furukawa city which the client specifically desired in the renovation.
The mixture of traditional and modern materials in this 120 year old building creates an open space for people to have imaginative and creative experiences.

Project name: FabCafe Kyoto / MTRL KYOTO
Address: 554 Motoshiogama-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Program: Office
Construction: Kansai Reform Labo
Floor area: 386.05㎡
Completion: 05/2016
Photographer: Nobutada Omote

FabCafe Kyoto / MTRL KYOTO

この建築は明治期に建てられた、擬洋風建築と呼ばれる西洋建築由来の形を大工棟梁が日本の木造技術によって作ったものだ。過去には印刷所や家具店として使われていたが、コワーキングスペースMATERIAL KYOTOとして生まれ変わった

プロジェクト名:FabCafe Kyoto / MTRL KYOTO

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