Japanese Architect Hiroshi Naito's Vessel Structure With A Captivating Hinoki Wood Interior
Architect Hiroshi Naito has designed a new Tokyo flagship and headquarters for famed Japanese confectioner Toraya. Originally re-modeled from a former nine-storey structure, the flagship store is now low and acts as a “vessel” including a gallery, retail store, office and cafe under a curved roof supported by a big beam of the fourth floor. The building features no structural columns near the fully-glazed front facade, providing openness and transparency both from the inside and the outside.
Situated in Tokyo’s Akasaka district, the four-storey structure’s glass facade and timber-clad interior brings warmth and a sense of nature to the space. Through this, architect Hiroshi Naito aimed to embody Toraya’s concept to “peacefully accept customers in an intimate low building”. Toraya Akasaka is a hidden respite for those with a sweet tooth, and a stellar example of modern Japanese architecture. After visiting the basement gallery, head up to the fourth floor and enjoy an early Spring harvested green tea with one of Toraya’s handmade wagashi sweets.