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- ARKHE beauty salon -

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We designed a beauty salon named ARKHE (refers to the ancient belief that water is the source of all creation) around the theme of water.
This is a space made up by the charm of its raw materials, thus, by using aluminum and bringing out the beauty of the material ,we bring into existence a space filled with transient and ever-changing light, like the reflection of light on the surface of water.

"Recyclable aluminum" sheet was used to express the flow of water and hair, reflecting the airily soft light, like sparkling light on water's surface, and filling the space with elegant and sensual curves. The walls are painted in a silver shade that mimics the glimmering reflection of light on the surface of water.
The aluminum's flow changes freely while providing a function and atmosphere suited to each area: a space with a gentle flow and a high ceiling for the haircutting area; a space with a stiff current and changes in height difference for the center aisle area and a space with a low ceiling for the waiting area.
This allows to minutely perceive the changes in light throughout the day(from bright white during the day to more emotional blue and purple hues by night),according to the viewer's location and the passage of time, as well as to experience a space with transient and diverse atmospheres.

Water is the source of all life, and this space projects an image of clarity as a beauty salon in pursuit of the origin of beauty.

- Sustainable Aspects -
Moreover, since they give the space its singularity, we adapted the assembly method of the aluminum ceiling parts so as to be able to disassemble and reinstall them when moving the business to a different location. In doing so, we devised a way to effectively reduce the costs of moving.


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店名であるARKHE=水をテーマとした美容院のデザイン。

「生命の源である水。水の流れ、髪の流れ、から瑞々しい生命力のある空間に・・・」
ここからデザインを考え始めた。

水面で輝く光のように、軽やかで柔らかい光を反射するアルミを用い、
優雅で官能的な曲線の流れで空間を満たす。

水が生き生きと流れ変化するように、
カットエリアでは穏やかな流れで高さのあるスペース、
中央通路エリアは激しい流れで高さが変化するスペース、
待合エリアは高さの低い落ち着いたスペース、
そのエリアに必要な機能や雰囲気を満たしながら、自在に変化する。
晴天や曇り空の光、朝日や夕暮れの光、など季節や一日の自然光の変化を繊細に感知し、
鑑賞者の位置や時間の経過に応じて、うつろいゆく多様な雰囲気の空間体験を可能にしている。

全ての生命の源である「水」、根源の美を追求する美容室として、
明快なイメージを発信する空間である。


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category : hair salon
location : chiba japan
date : 2011
photo : nacasa & partners

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