Kengo Kuma and Associates' Colorful Cable-Adorned Yakito
In the suburban town of Kichijoji just outside of Tokyo, architecture practice Kengo Kuma and Associates have completed a slightly more contemporary project by outfitting a small venue bar and restaurant located on Harmonica Yokocho in an assortment of colored cables. The location still retains an atmosphere reminiscent of the area’s post World War II black market stalls with a distinctly secretive appeal to its nature. An assortment of recycled materials have been used, including that of what you might expect to see on the inside of your average household electrical board as well as larger ethernet components. Whilst the table tops in the space resemble somewhat of a pressed fiberglass counter top, the detailing applied to other areas within the interior has been left loose and layered with paint for an almost dreamy and ethereal effect. Juxtaposed against the artwork of Teruhiko Yumura, acrylic byproducts have been melted down and re-purposed to form the transparent counters and seating in the bar – adding to the interior’s floating aesthetic.