Excerpt: Cocoon, designed by KAMITOPEN Co., Ltd., is a wellness interior in the Ginza district in Tokyo situated under a railway viaduct. The sliding door was installed to enter the place from everywhere. Moreover, the team decided to decorate the inside walls with mosaic tiles but did not finish it. They decided to finish the design by asking customers to buy one mosaic tile and paste it onto the wall.
[Text as submitted by architect] “Connecting by doors” There is a beauty salon, “Cocoon,” in the Ginza district in Tokyo that was founded in 2000. It has been open for 21 years. In the time of COVID restrictions, we were asked to create a space that would be well-ventilated and easy to stop by.
The place is situated under railway viaduct, a very rare place to have a store, even in Ginza district. We decided to try a new design by moving the counter that has been used since the establishment of “Cocoon.” We also installed the sliding door in order to enter the place from everywhere. Actually, we managed to pass the store information and create an entrance by using the sliding door instead of building a facade and putting a transparent glass with the store name on the foot level.
Moreover, we decided to decorate the inside walls with mosaic tiles, but we did not finish it. We decided to finish the design by asking customers to buy one mosaic tile and paste it to the wall. We are full of hope that the 20 years history of this place will be passed further.