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Ebisu Ginza House

Location / Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Completion / 2019
Design / Hideki Tamura
Collaborator / Tsunemi Araragi
Graphic Design / Takahiro Tanada
Photo / Satoshi Asakawa


ファサード1 撮影:淺川敏



狭い商店街でフォーカスされやすい低層部のファサードは、白の格子フレームとガラスからなる。格子はいわば「交差(クロス)」の集合体である。 鉄骨部材の構造的な交差、医療を象徴する白十字、この場に新たな息吹をもたらす利用者の往交。3種の交差はシンプルな白の格子として街並みに顕在化する。クリニック利用の多い日中は、白十字としての様相を呈し、ガラスに映り込む商店街の鏡像が内部への視線を緩和する。一方、飲食店のにぎわう夜間は、格子に縁取られた大ガラスが、道行く人の視線を誘うショーケースとしてふるまう。時間とともに他者のまなざしを調停しながら、白の格子は街並みに向き合う。

White Grid - Prescription for the Cityscape

A medical tenant building stands in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Restaurants and a pharmacy are located on the first and second floors, with clinics on the setback third to fifth floors. The site is a few minutes' walk from JR Ebisu Station and faces the "Ebisu Ginza shopping street." The nostalgia implied by the name has faded, and a typical cityscape of a cluttered street with competing signs spreads out. In this urban setting, the facade had to be both flexible and conspicuous as a medical building to navigate the sea of symbols in the long term.

The facade of the lower floors, which is easily focused on in the narrow streets, consists of a white grid frame and glass. The grid is a collection of "crossings": structural crossings of steel members, white crosses symbolizing medicine, and the comings and goings of users who bring new life to the space. These three crossings are embodied in a simple white grid that manifests itself in the cityscape. During the day, when the clinic is busiest, it takes on the appearance of a white cross, and the reflection of the shopping street in the glass helps to soften the inward gaze from outside. On the other hand, during the night, when the restaurants are bustling, the large glass panel framed by the grid serves as a showcase that attracts the attention of passers-by. Over time, while mediating the gaze of others, the white grid faces the cityscape.

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