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NewsNews • 27 Jun 2021

Matsunaga Kiln roadside gallery features a column-free double structure and feeling of floating lightness

A producer of traditional ceramic crafts, Matsunaga Kiln was previously located in Namie Town, Fukushima, Japan. Nine years after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Namie Town is still designated as an ‘evacuation zone.’ The kiln company thus decided to relocate and engaged to-ripple Inc. to design this new roadside store in Nishigo Village. Kenji Masunaga Responding to the surrounding landscape and climate of the area, the new home for the manufacturer is a simple house shape with a gentle roof pitch that allows for snow to gently shed away. Two house-like forms are placed side-by-side and surrounded by a larger house form to create a double structure. Kenji Masunaga The entire house-shaped building is lifted 400mm to... More