ARKHE Beauty Salon Chiba, Japan

ARKHE Beauty Salon Chiba, Japan

📅03 Marzo 2014, 13:39

Japanese firm Moriyuki Ochiai Architects designed a beauty salon named ARKHE (refers to the ancient belief that water is the source of all creation) around the theme of water.

ARKHE BEAUTY SALON Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
This is a space made up by the charm of its raw materials, thus, by using aluminum and bringing out the beauty of the material, they bring into existence a space filled with transient and ever-changing light, like the reflection of light on the surface of water.
ARKHE BEAUTY SALON Moriyuki Ochiai Architects ”Recycled 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.

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.
ARKHE-BEAUTY-SALON_3-1This 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. 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.

Design Firm Moriyuki Ochiai Architects
Area 120 sqm
Location Chiba, Japan
Photos courtesy Atsushi Ishida (Nacasa & Partners Inc.)

Moriyuki Ochiai, architect and designer, born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1973. In 2008, he established his own studio, Moriyuki Ochiai Architects that is active in architectural interior, furniture, landscape and industrial design. The sources of inspirations come from being captivated by the vivacious and lively beauty of nature or life. As he also feels the influence coming from the delicate sensitivity responding to the unique Japanese nature, which can be found in Japanese temples and gardens.

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