Ryuji Nakamura and Associates

Room with a mirror

It is a space for a couple of a hairdresser and a musician. It is on the first floor of the 40-year-old reinforced concrete 7-story apartment building near Omori Station. It is the space of about 50m2 that seems to have been made into one room by removing the boundary walls of two rooms of almost the same shape lined up on the left and right. It is carefree and easy-going place because there is a large opening facing the road and the old skeleton with the bond traces for the former interior is exposed. We renovated such a place. The project started as a hideaway hair salon that the hairdresser serves alone in the neighborhood of their home. But, the location stimulates the heart of the hairdresser who is originally open-minded and, while involving the musician, a little away from the fixed image of a hair salon, the goal gradually changed to a multipurpose open place that can also be used for exhibitions and events etc. After arranging the water area (toilet, shampoo stand, disinfection room) intensively while keeping the skeleton exposed, in the center of the remaining rectangular space (4.3 x 5.2 m) a circular mirror (2.4 m in diameter) that is also used as the partition between the cut space and the waiting space is installed so that it is just sandwiched between the floor and the ceiling. The mirror gets bigger to a size that exceeds human height. Thereby the mirror approaches the space from the object, but the shape of the circle puts the brake on it, and it becomes in a state where it can not be connected to either objects or spaces. As a result, the space becomes the space between the purpose space of the salon and the purposeless space, and there is room for other uses. When the mirror is pushed by hand, it rotates around the line connecting the upper and lower fixed points (as a result of minimizing the fixed part). The mirror divides the space into two, reflecting the scenery of the street, the concrete wall, and the white partition wall depending on the angle. This side reflected in the mirror and the other side looking from around the mirror overlap, creating various appearances such as the feeling that there is no mirror and the room with one side opening feels like the room with two sides opening. As mentioned above, the two spaces created by the mirror will be used as a cut space and a waiting / exhibition space, but it is expected that the entire space will be used for other purposes, and the usage will be explored and discovered by them in the future. I am looking forward to various usages that are open to the surroundings and are not completed indoors.

Title  MA nature
Completion  14 April 2021
Use  Beauty salon, Gallery
Site  101 Omori-Corpobianezu 6-16-12 Minamiooi Shinagawa-ku Tokyo Japan
Area  48.23m2
Client  Natsue Maura (hairstylist), Kunikazu Tanaka (musician)
Design  Ryuji Nakamura and Associates
Structural supervision  Enshu Structural Consultants
Graphic  Yuki Ootani (designer)
Construction  TANK
Photography  Ryuji Nakamura




名称 MA nature(マー・ネイチャー)
用途 美容室、ギャラリー
場所 東京都品川区南大井6-16-12大森コーポビアネーズ101
竣工 2021年4月14日
面積 48.23m2
施主 真浦夏恵(美容師)、田中邦和(音楽家)
設計 中村竜治建築設計事務所
構造監修 円酒構造設計
グラフィック 大谷有紀(デザイナー)
撮影 中村竜治

Ryuji Nakamura and Associates