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Aoyama Studio is a rental space for art and creative exhibitions planned as a pop-up facility and located on the 2nd floor of an office building on Aoyama Street. We planned two rental spaces and a shared lounge inside the very typical office-style property, leaving its still-new tile carpet intact.

If we were to achieve a space attractive to the general public, we should have removed the tile carpet, but removing and disposing of something we can still use would create unnecessary waste and be bad for the environment. Still, the space covered in tile carpet lacked charm.

So we decided to use materials around the space that spruced it up, such as partitions made of metal pipe and larch plywood, transforming it into a space similar and yet different to the former office.



Address:POLA 2F, 2-5-17, Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Floor area:601.53㎡

Open:Mar. 22nd, 2019

Photo:Tomoki Hirokawa

Kuhiniko Matsuba
Representative Director of TYRANT, Inc. and registered First-Class Architect (Registration No. 327569). Born in Tokyo in 1979. After completing a postgraduate degree at Tokyo University of the Arts, Matsuba immediately starts up his own design firm. His early career is exceptional – the first building he designed was the public cultural facility (former Hiromori Sake Brewery in Nakanojou town, Gunma Prefecture).
He received the Excellence Award in the 11th Yoshinobu Ashihara Awards and the New Face Award at the 2011 JCD Design Awards, among other awards.

His forte of designing public spaces and reviving historical buildings such as warehouses and Japanese architecture earned him coverage in various overseas media, including SURFACE ASIA and the British lay magazine The Independent. In recent years, he has expanded the range of his work to include design of art spaces, restaurants, and accommodations, as well as direction of design of commercial facilities.

Matsuba also writes the column “Outsider Architect” for web magazine PARTNER where he interviews many prominent figures including Yo Shitara (BEAMS), Hitoshi Tanaka (JINS), Hiroshi Onishi (Isetan Mitsukoshi), and Akihiro Nishino (picture book author), Yasuharu Ishikawa (Stripe International), Takahiro Tsusumi (Saison Museum of Modern Art), and baanai (visual artist).

In 2018, he exhibited the modern art collection “MATSUBA COLLECTION” in EUKARYOTE art gallery located in Gaienmae, Tokyo. At Kogakuin University, he serves as an adjunct professor in the Architectural Design Department of the Architecture School.