Interior design for a café in front of Nagasaki Station.

The café is in a good location to be able to see the sunset over Mt. Inasa, the trams and the future Nagasaki Shinkansen, and to enjoy the scenery of Nagasaki all at once.

The requirement was to divide the tenant of an insurance company and turn part of it into a café. We were allowed to use one room and a part of the space by the window, but it was very irregular in plan. It was also too deep for the frontage, and the majority of the frontage had to be used for doors and access.
Using the R-walls of the RC structure, we divided the space into four different types of R-walls (RC, cement board, brick and FRP), overlapping each other and creating an approach space and a horizontal opening to invite the flow of people and sight.

To this composition, we added a "Nagasaki-like" decorativeness which includes the R-walls, the vertical windows, the slightly darker red bricks and the rumbling sound of the tram tracks.
The openings in the R-wall are fitted with vertical wooden sashes, stacked like scales. In this way, the sashes add directionality and movement while eliminating the presence of frames and clearances, creating a landscape that includes the approach space and eliminates the sense of blockage caused by the narrow frontage.

The red brick walls are waist high and branch out to form a serving counter, which conveys a sense of thickness and massive feeling, reminding us of the depth of any wall. The joint mortar are not filled in, emphasising the brick as the smallest unit, and the grainy texture creates an ambivalent presence of “wall/architesture element" and "object".

The floor is made of unglued concrete plates. The floor makes a rumbling sound when people pass by, and together with the sound of the tramway, it softly permeates the space with the presence of people.