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.
Address：10-10, Yokoyama-cho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo
Open：July 8th, 2017