INTERIOR STYLING

OPAQUE Osaka

RETAIL / Shinsaibashi Osaka, 2002

Located in Osaka at the southern end of the Shinsaibashi area and just north of Ebisu Bashi bridge, this is the third OPAQUE flagship store. It is a new build structure comprising eight floors including a single below-ground level. OPAQUE houses smaller individual shops for numerous brands all developed by a single apparel manufacturer. Jamo's design for the building placed foremost importance on functionality and the need to respond to a set of standards (primarily with regard to fixture sizes) which the client established based years of data they collected. The client also asked that the interior be designed such that it is possible to get a visual sense of the entire building even while just standing at the entrance. With this in mind, a central atrium connecting all eight floors was created. From any floor visitors can get a sense not only of the floors above and below them but also of the entire building. Also, indirect lighting was used as a visual device to increase the number of visitors who proceed to the upper floors. For this project, Jamo aimed to design a "high-end standard box" that provides flexibility and functionality so that spaces can be made to work in parallel with the quickly changing trends of the products sold here.


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大阪・心斎橋筋商店街の南端、戎橋北側に誕生した、OPAQUE3店目の旗艦店。地下1階を含めた8フロアからなる新築ビル。大手アパレルメーカーのもつ多数のブランドの編集型ストアといえるOPAQUEは機能性とクライアントの持つモジュールデータを最優先にデザインすることとなった。「1階のエントランスからでも建物全体を把握できるつくり」という要望のもと、異なるフロアの存在を感じられるよう、全フロアを繋ぐ吹き抜けを中央に設けた。どのフロアにおいても、この吹き抜けで上下階はもちろん、空間全体を感じることができる。さらにより上階へ意識を持たせることで上階率の向上を見込み、間接照明を視覚的な仕掛けとして使用した。回転の速い商品の動きに合わせて空間も機能するようフレキシブル性と機能性を守り、上質なスタンダードな箱としてのデザインを追求した。


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