Located in Mie Prefecture Iga, this two-level building shelters a showroom and production facility for furniture manufacturer Sogokagu. A flat, rectangular, corrugated steel roof accentuates its curvy design while letting the rain pour down through its sides. Its white plastic skinpays homage to the brand, which specializes in molded urethane (a type of plastic foam).
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The shelter was crafted by molding large panels of recyclable ETFE plastic (Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene), a long-lasting material that is highly resistant to corrosion and heat. Although this material is a common choice for roofing, using it for the walls means that plenty of natural daylight can filter inside. And at night, the light comes from the inside and the whole structure glows – in color.
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Photos by Masao Nishikawa