Ryuji Nakamura and Associates




Lounge between pillars

This is the lounge at the side of the escalator in Seibu Ikebukuro Flagship Store. Generally four thick pillars appear around the escalator by the structural requirement and a shallow space that is difficult to use is inevitably born between the pillars. This is the project to think about how to use such a place that is universal in a sense. I entirely used the space 8.3 m in width, 1.2 m in depth and 2.3 m in height between the pillars and made the sitting and resting places that the five seats like a hammock were continuous. You are wrapped by the wide sheet when you sit on it, so the public space suddenly changes to your private space. It draws a catenary curve when a person does not sit on it, and it draws an inverted triangle to extent straight when a person sits on it, so the overall appearance changes variously depending on the position to sit and the number of people to sit. It is fun to sit by yourself but also people who pass the front and come up the escalator can enjoy the rhythmical change.

Title  The lounge of Seibu Ikebukuro Flagship Store 7F
Completion  24 June 2010
Use  Lounge
Site  Seibu Ikebukuro Flagship Store 7F, 1-28-1, Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Area  10.53m2
Material  Vinyl sheet
Client  Sogo & Seibu
Total direction  Construction Management Room of Sogo & Seibu
Direction  Masaaki Hiromura
Design  Ryuji Nakamura and Associates
Construction  NOMURA
Photography  Ryuji Nakamura




名称 西武池袋本店7階休憩所
完成 2010年6月24日
用途 休憩所
場所 東京都豊島区南池袋1-28-1西武池袋本店7階
面積 10.53m2
素材 ビニールシート
施主 そごう・西武
総合ディレクション そごう・西武 CM室
ディレクション 廣村正彰
設計 中村竜治建築設計事務所
施工 乃村工藝社
撮影 中村竜治

Ryuji Nakamura and Associates