Well eeled: Traditional Unagi shop redesigned

01.08.2010 Japan : Yanagawa : Toru Shimokawa

Yanagawa, Japan – Japanese architect Toru Shimokawa of STAD has reconstructed a traditional eel store, first established 100 years ago.

In a reference to the charcoal traditionally used to grill eels, the Unagi store features burnt and carbonised cedar on the outside and inside walls. A pared-down aesthetic in colours such as black and white contrasts with an industrial feel from the steel pipes, cement floor and a blue neon sign.

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Unagi store by Toru Shimokawa, STAD, Japan Unagi store by Toru Shimokawa, STAD, Japan
Unagi store by Toru Shimokawa, STAD, Japan Unagi store by Toru Shimokawa, STAD, Japan
Unagi store by Toru Shimokawa, STAD, Japan Unagi store by Toru Shimokawa, STAD, Japan
Unagi store by Toru Shimokawa, STAD, Japan Unagi store by Toru Shimokawa, STAD, Japan
Unagi store by Toru Shimokawa, STAD, Japan Unagi store by Toru Shimokawa, STAD, Japan
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