ROW HOUSE 200 天神橋プロジェクト

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A commercial project located on Tenjinbashi Street, the longest shopping strip in Osaka, Japan. This commercial area has its roots in the Edo Period, where it started developing as a business place for merchants.
Nowadays, commercial buildings are usually meant to last for only a few years, in contrast, looking to preserve the long-lasting commercial tradition of the area, this project was de-signed to last for at least 200 years.
In order to preserve the history of the site -where three row-houses used to exist- the project proposes a two story building with space for three tenants. The shape of the building looks to inherit the characteristics of the context, by tracing the roofl ine of the three row-houses that previously existed.
Proposed for 200 years, fl exibility is a key point in this project. The interior planning sees an open layout, in addition to a deck slab with adjustable height that allows the space to be divid-ed to the tenant’s layout needs. Thinking of future expansion, the exterior walls on the rooftop projected upward, so the building can easily grow by adding a new level.
The exterior high durability concrete wall, besides working as a fi rewall, is a medium to convey the characteristics of the surrounding land. The surface texture looks to simulate the ground layer formation, with a coarse texture applied by different treatments, eleven layers in total. Surrounded by commercial facilities, this project is a long-lasting Architecture that pays re-spect to the historical commercial area called Tenjinbashi.

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