An 8-Story Building Set To Revive A Kyoto Neighborhood

Tokyo-based studio Florian Busch Architects designed an 8-storey building that provides a counterpoint to the traditional architecture of Kyoto’s historic Pontocho laneway area.

Entitled ‘K8’, the tall building is fronted by a slatted wood facade, evoking movement and a shifting degree of transparency to passers-by. The space was designed to house a range of businesses, from aperitif on the ground floor to digestif on top, with each floor linked by a layered staircase. In a statement about the project, the architects explain, “Where Pontocho is experienced as a horizontal sequence of encounters, K8 is the translation of that experience into the vertical.”

"Where Pontocho is experienced as a horizontal sequence of encounters, K8 is the translation of that experience into the vertical."
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