Sides Core studio work both domestically and internationally, seeking the essence of things from various vantage points in fields such as product design, interior design and architecture. Previous projects include the design and construction or hair salons, restaurants, retail shop and private residences, one example is Land, a minimal salon space located in Osaka, Japan.

The clients had a long, narrow, wood frame one-story building, similar to an old-style Japanese Nagaya row house. To capitalize on the inherent characteristics, the architects created a passageway with a long line of sight. As customers move further into LAND space, tiers help define each area. A Japanese noren curtain at the entrance disrupts the line of sight, therefore people outside cannot see through to the back of the space. Clients duck under the curtain and enter, feeling psychologically drawn down the passageway, further into the space, to the other side of the koshi lattice panels. By blocking the line of sight, the façade entices people outside to imagine what the space holds.

Photography by Takumi Ota


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