Century-old Japanese townhouse reborn as Blue Bottle Coffees first Kyoto location

June 6, 2018 by  
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Japanese architecture firm Schemata Architects has unveiled Blue Bottle Coffee’s first outpost in Kyoto  – and it’s housed in a century-old building. Following the aesthetic of the previous Schemata-designed Blue Bottle cafes in Tokyo, the newest location features a minimalist and modern design that takes inspiration from the surrounding urban fabric. The two-story structure was carefully overhauled to allow for new functionality while preserving and exposing historic elements. Completed in March this year, the Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe is located near the base of Kyoto’s forested Higashiyama mountains and along the approach to Nanzen-ji Temple, a Zen Buddhist temple and one of the historic city’s top tourist attractions. The cafe was built inside a traditional Japanese townhouse (known as ‘machiya’) consisting of two separate buildings. Schemata Architects renovated the buildings into a ‘Merchandise building’ and a ‘Cafe building’ with a total floor area of nearly 3,500 square feet. As was typical of traditional Japanese architecture at the turn of the 20th century, the original floors of the machiya were raised nearly 20 inches off the ground. To create a seamless appearance and to accommodate patrons with special mobility needs, the Blue Bottle Cafe’s architects demolished the raised wooden floors and made them level with the ground. The new floors feature terrazzo containing the same type of pebbles used outside. The same terrazzo material was also used in the counters and benches. Related: Tokyo capsule hotel gets a Finnish-inspired refresh and sauna “The floor inside the counter is also level with the customer area to maintain the same eye level between customers and staff following the same concept as the other shops, while integrating Japanese and American cultures at the same time,” said the architects. “The continuous white floor is stripped of all unnecessary things and the structure is stripped of existing finishes to expose the original roof structure and clay walls, and one can see traces of its 100-year old history throughout the large, medium and small spaces in the structure originally composed of two separate buildings.” The second floor has been converted into an open-plan office with glass frontage. + Schemata Architects Images by Takumi Ota

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Bizarre Chinese Temple Discovered Atop a 21-Story Luxury Apartment Building in Shenzhen

January 8, 2017 by  
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A Chinese microblogger recently noticed a curious architectural object built upon the roof of a housing complex in Shenzhen . A mysterious temple has been sitting atop the 21-story luxury apartment building in Nanfang district of Shenzhen for at least three years, but apparently nobody knows who it belongs to still. The temple is surrounded by vegetation, has a security system to protect the premises against unwanted visitors, and walls covered in glazed golden tiles. It looks like an out-of-place private facility illegally built on public property. [youtube width=”537″ height=”302″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZpBQ0p5skk[/youtube] One of several illegally built rooftop structures in China, the temple could compromise the overall structural integrity of the building and put its tenants in danger. The majority of Chinese, especially after the affair involving a mountain villa built on the roof of a Beijing apartment building , feel that the arrogance of this sort should be stopped by the government. An anonymous source reportedly told South China Morning Post the identity of the building’s owner—a piece of information still not officially confirmed. Via Oddity Central

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Bizarre Chinese Temple Discovered Atop a 21-Storey Luxury Apartment Building in Shenzhen

August 28, 2013 by  
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A Chinese microblogger recently noticed a curious architectural object built upon the roof of a housing complex in Shenzhen . A mysterious temple has been sitting atop the 21-story luxury apartment building in Nanfang district of Shenzhen for at least three years, but apparently nobody knows who it belongs to still. The temple is surrounded by vegetation, has a security system to protect the premises against unwanted visitors, and walls covered in glazed golden tiles. It looks like an out-of-place private facility illegally built on public property. Read the rest of Bizarre Chinese Temple Discovered Atop a 21-Storey Luxury Apartment Building in Shenzhen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china , Chinese architecture , Chinese rooftop temple , illegal building , illegal building in china , mountain rooftop villa China , out-of-place architecture , rooftop temple , rooftop villa , shenzhen , Shenzhen architecture , Shenzhen skyscrapers        

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August 28, 2013 by  
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A Chinese microblogger recently noticed a curious architectural object built upon the roof of a housing complex in Shenzhen . A mysterious temple has been sitting atop the 21-story luxury apartment building in Nanfang district of Shenzhen for at least three years, but apparently nobody knows who it belongs to still. The temple is surrounded by vegetation, has a security system to protect the premises against unwanted visitors, and walls covered in glazed golden tiles. It looks like an out-of-place private facility illegally built on public property. Read the rest of Bizarre Chinese Temple Discovered Atop a 21-Storey Luxury Apartment Building in Shenzhen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china , Chinese architecture , Chinese rooftop temple , illegal building , illegal building in china , mountain rooftop villa China , out-of-place architecture , rooftop temple , rooftop villa , shenzhen , Shenzhen architecture , Shenzhen skyscrapers        

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Spiraling Day-Lit Buddhist Temple Rises from a Pool of Floating Lotuses in China

July 10, 2012 by  
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Huell Howser’s California House is Perched Atop a 150-foot Volcano — and it’s Now Up for Sale!

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