Minimalist Japanese Hair Salon Looks Like A Slice of Vanilla Bean Pie

by , 05/09/11

daylighting, Studio Velocity, Nagoya, Japan, hair salon, vanilla bean pie, sustainable architecture, eco-design, green design, sustainable design, green spaces

Here at Inhabitat, we know that cool things often come in small packages; the Nagoya salon is a case in point. In order to fill in the gaps left by the building’s curvature, the designers planted a garden near an area set aside for parking and drying laundry in the sun. Not only does the building have a tiny footprint, it also provides additional green space.

But that’s not all. In order to ensure visibility from one minimalist end to the other, the designers created a veritable whitewash of light. Large skylights combined with white walls and tile create a gentle environment that is bound to uplift every person who steps through the salon’s doors.

+ Studio Velocity

Via Arch Daily

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  1. taflinelaylin May 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks for your comments. I felt the same way. And ps: you don’t sound disgruntled at all :)

  2. thedisgruntledarchitect May 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I love, love the sleekness of this space. I find that minimalism, when done so nicely, and the use of white and neutral palettes can do a lot for spaces designed as galleries, retail, or anything that involves an artist approach to the product (like hair design). It makes such a statement that the hairstyles are strong enough to be the design in the space. Allowing your product to project onto a blank canvas underscores your confidence in the product. I do love the garden and hidden spaces, it encourages the users to be outside in their downtime between clients instead of remaining indoors which is less healthy. Gorgeous, thanks for the post!

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