Kyoto, Japan

Completion Date: April 2009

Owner: Toraya

Program: A new building for the Japanese pastry maker Toraya, which has occupied the site for approximately 500 years. The structure—housing a café, a gallery, offices, and the pastry workshop—is connected by a central garden to a small storage house from the Edo Period, for a total of 12,000 square feet.

Design concept and solution: The architects wanted the café and garden-side terrace to feel like one big indoor-outdoor space, open and relaxing. They united the café and terrace with a gently sloping ceiling of narrow wood ribs, which extends into an awning over the terrace. In keeping with Kyoto's building regulations, the architects chose traditional materials, such as clay tile for the roof. But their structural system is a hybrid of tradition and tech, combining the delicate wood ribs with reinforced concrete and steel beams. A smaller terrace on the opposite side of the café, shaded by a bamboo screen, adds additional outdoor yardage.

Naito Architect & Associates
#301 Matsuoka Kudan Bldg.
2-2-8 Kudan-Minami Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, Japan
tel. +81-3-3262-9636
fax. +81-3-3262-9804



Naito Architect & Associates
#301 Matsuoka Kudan Bldg.
2-2-8 Kudan-Minami Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, Japan
tel. +81-3-3262-9636
fax. +81-3-3262-9804

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Principal: Hiroshi Naito
Project Architect: Masato Ashida

Interior designer: Naito architect & associates

Structural: Space and Structure Engineering Workshop

Facilities: Akeno Engineering Consultants Inc.

Lighting: I.C.O.N.

General contractor: Kajima Corporation

Furniture: Hinokikougei

Photographer(s): Naito Architect & Associates

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Vector Works



Structural system:
Reinforced concrete
Steel and laminated timber

Exterior cladding
Masonry: porcelain tile

Metal/glass curtainwall: Concrete

Wood: Sequia sempervirens

Tile/shingles: Japanese clay roof tile

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings: rock wool acoustic board

Wallcoverings: Sequia sempervirens, natural fiber wall cloth