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In this project, we recreated the five buildings located in Yokoyama Town, Hachioji City owned by Ajiroen, a business that has sold Japanese tea for many years, into a commercial and cultural facility open to the community.

Located 7 to 8 minutes walking from the North Exit of JR Hachioji Station, the long and narrow lot is sandwiched between Koushu Highway and a walking path running north-south. Two warehouses were constructed around the turn of the 19th Century and the Japanese tea house and store were built directly after World War Two, while the reinforced concrete building was built sometime in the 1960s or ‘70s. Despite the difference in their construction period, the five buildings were built touching each other.

In this project, we were to rebuild the store completely and restore the other 4 buildings, while also constructing an alley to allow people to pass through the narrow and long lot and creating a small open space accessible from the walking path. With these elements, we concentrated the history and characteristics of Hachioji and created small city block.

 

ajirochaya

Address:10-10, Yokoyama-cho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo

Floor area:558.7m²

Open:July 8th, 2017

Photo:Tomoki Hirokawa

TYRANT Inc.
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.