Architect: Takato Tamagami and Be-Fun Design
Location: Sendagaya, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Year built: 2008
A curving chasm slices off the corner of this showroom building in western Tokyo to create a passageway to its entrance.
The five-storey-high concrete block contains galleries and a workplace for textile company Sunwell. Glass bridges cross the narrow, timber-lined alleyway on the three upper levels, leading to small triangular meeting rooms.
These two walls form a shortcut path which connects the roads in front of each side of the corner plot. This path which looks like a narrow alley or the bottom of a ravine leads visitors inside the building, to the event hall in the basement and the showrooms on the first and second floors. The curves used in the elevation surfaces on the north side and the east side represent those of a female body.