PrizeHonorable Mention in Interior Design
ArtistYuji Tanabe Architects

This cake shop is approximately 60㎡ and sits within a shopping mall located in the city of Matsumoto, Nagano Japan. Within the Kamikochi region - an area renowned for its picturesque mountain landscape -the client operates a resort and in connection with this, several shops and restaurants in Matsumoto. The tenant's space is open on three sides. The location at such a junction is similar to the site of the Kamikochi resort, and here in the city of Matsumoto it becomes the basis of (or you could say “inspiration for”) the design. The combination of the smoothness of round steel pipes and intricate texture of the threaded pipes creates subtle shadows, expressing the flow of the river and the mountain range, their layered shadows reminiscent of the water’s surface. Blast finished mirror and layers of round steel create an atmospheric view like fog, with heterogeneous handmade shelves suspended like clouds.