Sunny Hills, a brand that specializes in pineapple cakes, asked Kengo Kuma to come up with a shop design that would mirror the company’s trademark pineapple cakes. So the architect developed a shop modeled on a well-crafted bamboo basket.
“Our aim was to create a forest in the busy city centre,” said Kengo Kuma. “We studied how lighting states would change in a day in the woods, and came up with a shape like a basket.”
The building is located in middle of the residential area in Aoyama but somehow this structure of entwined wood feels right at home.
Inside “Sunny Hills”, you’re greeted with a cup of green tea and their delicious pineapple cakes.
Wander around this beautiful building.
Technical info: Design architecture: Kengo Kuma & Associates, Structure: Jun Sato Structural Engineering, Facilities: Kankyo Engineering, Construction: Satohide Corporation, Location: Minami Aoyama 3-10-20 Minato-ku Tokyo Japan, Site Area: 175.69 sqm, Building Area: 102.36 sqm, Total Floor Area: 293.00 sqm, No. of Floors: BF1, 1F, 2F, RF, Structure: reinforced concrete, partially timber, Primary use: Store (retail), Client: Sunny Hills Japan
If you’re interested in visiting another beautiful building designed by Kengo Kuma, have a look at the Nezu Museum, only a few blocks away from Sunny Hills.
I’d like to thank Sunny Hills’ staff who kindly let me shoot inside their beautiful cake shop…ありがとうございます!!
How to get there:
Sunny Hills: Minami Aoyama 3-10-20 Minato-ku Tokyo Japan, Official Website: http://www.sunnyhills.co.jp/news.php