Jins Park Community Building, Maebashi Japan

Jins Park Community Building, Maebashi, Japan, Community Center, Commercial Building, New Japanese Architecture Images

July 26, 2022

Design: Yuko Nagayama and Associates

Location: Kozakai District in Toyokawa, Aichi, Japan

Jins Park Community Building Maebashi Japan
photo © Tomoyuki Kusunose

Photos by Daici Ano and Tomoyuki Kusunose

Jins Park Community Building, Japan

Creating new community value in a suburban eyewear store

This store of the big brand of glasses Jin is located on a busy suburban thoroughfare. As online shopping becomes more commonplace, physical stores must go beyond serving as places to handle or try on goods; they must also offer in-person experiences. Because this store is located near a residential area with many young families, our concept was to create a park-like space where children and parents as well as other members of the community can stop to spend time even if they don’t buy glasses. .

Jins Maebashi Park Community Building
photo © Tomoyuki Kusunose

Yuko Nagayama and Associates, the project began by reversing the typical layout of roadside stores, with parking in front, and instead locating parking behind the building.

Jins Park Community Building Maebashi Japan
photo © Tomoyuki Kusunose

The landscaped approach and front garden lead through the building to a second-floor terrace, creating an interrelated three-dimensional spatial experience. In stores of this type, the second floor is usually not open to customers. By using it as a terrace and also including a bakery-café in the store, we have proactively created public spaces that are not part of the sales floor, which encourages community members to come and visit. reasons other than shopping.

Jins Park Community Building Maebashi Japan
photo © Tomoyuki Kusunose

Located about a fifteen-minute drive from the center of Maebashi, a town in Gunma Prefecture about 100 km from Tokyo, the store is in a leafy residential area with views of the iconic Mount Akagi. The building floats like a trapezoidal box against this backdrop, its sulphide copper facade echoing the reddish-brown color of the mountain.

Jins Park Community Building Maebashi Japan
photo © Tomoyuki Kusunose

Exterior walls slope down to the residential area to provide privacy for neighbors, while the side facing the tree-lined main street showcases the activity inside the store with large glass windows. The facade’s appearance changes as the sun moves across the sky, and at night the edges of its slanted copper bands sparkle with reflected light like shooting stars.

Jins Maebashi Park Community Building
photo © Tomoyuki Kusunose

Visitors access the building through a richly landscaped garden. Inside, a fan-shaped staircase and a smooth white ceiling lead the eye up to the blue sky. From the seats integrated into the staircase, visitors can admire the store, the garden and the street. At the top of the stairs is a terrace with plenty of space for the children to run around as well as benches to sit or lie on. In fine weather, the sliding glass doors to the garden can be opened, unifying indoors and outdoors and drawing breezes from the staircase atrium to the terrace.

Jins Park Community Building Maebashi Japan
photo © Tomoyuki Kusunose

JINS Park is designed to serve as a community square where bread and coffee and drinks are sold and where neighbors can hold markets and conferences. Both inside and out, there are relaxed spaces with no defined function where a wide range of experiences and events take place, attracting a lively flow of community members. As the landscaping matures and the copper facade blends more into its surroundings, we hope the store will become part of daily life in the neighborhood.

Jins Maebashi Park Community Building
photo © Tomoyuki Kusunose

Jins Park Community Building in Maebashi, Japan – Building Information

Architects: Yuko Nagayama and Associates – https://www.yukonagayama.co.jp/
Office address: 6F, 11-22, Yostuyasanei-cho, Shinju-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Outline of the project
Location: Maebashi City, Japan
Completion: April 2021
Design period: October 2018 – December 2019
Main use: Shop (Eyewear, Bakery & cafe)
Frame: Steel
Site area: 1,720.64 m²
Building area: 442.45 m²
Total area: 499.33 m² (385.87 m² / 1F, 113.46 m² / 2F)

Client: JINS Inc.
Architect: Yuko Nagayama and Associates (Yuko Nagayama, Yoko Komori)
Structural engineer: Kanebako Structural Engineers (Yoshiharu Kanebako, Shunsuke Okayama, Kai Kageyama)
MEP Engineer: Pilotis
Landscaper: Solso (Taichi Saito, Yuta Itagaki, Nanako Fujino)
Lighting designer: Izumi Okayasu
Light planner: Daiko (Kanako Uga, Rina Hozumi)
Graphic designer: Takaiyama (Hideyuki Yamano, Saki Kanemoto)
Bakery and cafe, artistic direction: Astushi Kikuchi
Supervision: Yuko Nagayama and associates (Yuko Nagayama, Yoko Komori, Rikako Ikegami)
Contractor: Fuyuki Kogyo Corp. (Takushi Yokota)
Planting work: Maebashi Engei (Keitaro Nakamura)
Signage and furniture company: Space Co., Ltd. (Ka Yo)
Signmaker: Sanyo (Goshi Kishi)

Jins Maebashi Park Community Building
photo © Daici Ano

Cinematography: Daici Ano, Tomoyuki Kusunose

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Location: Kozakai, Toyokawa, Aichi, JapanEast Asia

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