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Moriyuki Ochiai Architects revealed their design of a beauty salon named ARKHE (refers to the ancient belief that water is the source of all creation) around the theme of water.  The ceiling is made of a large sculptural ceiling created from curving recycled aluminum sheets, that twist and bend throughout the spaces. 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. More details from the architect come after the jump

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Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects – Photo: Atsushi Ishida ( Nacasa & Partners Inc.)

”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.

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Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects – Photo: Atsushi Ishida ( Nacasa & Partners Inc.)

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.

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Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects – Photo: Atsushi Ishida ( Nacasa & Partners Inc.)

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.

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Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects – Photo: Atsushi Ishida ( Nacasa & Partners Inc.)

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.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.

Credits and info:
Project Name: ARKHE beauty salon
Design Firm: Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
Location: Chiba, Japan
Use: beauty salon
Area : 120sqm
Photo: Atsushi Ishida ( Nacasa & Partners Inc.)

Courtesy of Moriyuki Ochiai Architects – Photo: Atsushi Ishida ( Nacasa & Partners Inc.)

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