Preserving and reutilizing historic houses contributes to society and to the local community. Preserving cultural properties has become an important action in the world. We have questioned ourselves, how to “preserve”, how to “reutilize” the historical housing for the future community in Kyoto.
2021, the world has realized how important it is to live a healthy life. There are many hospitals and pharmacies in Japan, however, there are few doctors and pharmacist that are really bonded to local communities in Japan, such as a family doctors.
Kyoto, the city with deep connections between “people to people”, “present and history”, we have taken a deep consideration of Kyoto’s unique connections for the future Kyoto.
– AREAL FEATURE –
As well as the Kyoto’s unique community, the site area has another unique educational community named “Gosho Minami Community”. The local residents can participate in school management through the Gosho-minami Elementary School, the first community school by Ministry of Education.
From the unique educational community, we believe that there will be strong demands of place where local residents can casually gather and have conversations about education. There are also clinics and hospitals in the neighborhood, and we would like to provide a Pharmacy that not only dispenses prescription, but also place to gather and supports their health.
– APPROACH –
Wellness is always connected to something else.
There are many ways to get healthy in this world, but we cannot lack any other ones “medicine”, “meal”, and “mind”.
Kyoto, a place where people are deeply connected to each other, we wanted to create a new local COMMUNITY place that can take care of each other’s health. Let the kids learn in the “work-shop” while getting your medicine. You can learn how to prepare medicinal herbs meal for your wellness, while eating curry. It is a place to connect with the local community, place to learn, and place to talk about health.
– CONCEPT –
It is the place for Wellness, for Wisdom, for Gathering, YAKU-doko. The new local community place “YAKU-doko”, a renovated Kyoto-machiya. The word “YAKU” contains two meanings of “YAKU” one is “LEARNING” and the other one is “MEDICINE”.
YAKU(learning) brings the community the “Workshop DOMA-lab.”, and YAKU(medicine) brings the community the “KOMADO Pharmacy” and “ZOROKU Curry” with medicinal herbs. The synergistic relationship between each function creates a community of richer wellness, and richer wisdom.
– TENANT CONCEPT –
The pharmacy that not only dispenses prescriptions, but also provides health counseling, dietary guidance, and even health care classes. We aim to be a pharmacy that connects people in the community and supports the health of people.
Curry restaurant where people eat and gather. The curry is named after the former house owner, Hata Zoroku, who is the respectful craftsman of Kyoto. The curry is made with medicinal herbs that are slowly simmered with other spices.
「Creative Workshop DOMA-lab.」
“Doma-Labo” is a place to push the curiosity of children and adults in the community. It can be used as workshop where children develop their creative ideas, the Gallery harmonize with the beautiful back garden, and for lecturing space teaching” Machiya history”, “wellness lecture” and etc.
– ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPT –
Architectural concept is to respect and preserve the historical “Kyoto-machiya” as much as possible. Also using “bronze” material for some details and accent walls revives the bronze works of Hata Zoroku who is the former house owner and renowned craftsman of Kyoto.
At Zoroku Curry restaurant, historical architectural elements such as ceiling and etc. were retained as much as possible, while the walls were accented with a bronze material inspired by Hata Zoroku’s bronze work. At KOMADO Pharmacy, bronze materials were used for an accent wall, the counter, and window frames. The aim was to blend the history of machiya and revive the bronze work of Hata Koroku.