Japanese studio Takehiko Nez Architects created an interesting play of light and volumes when designing the extension to an existing hair salon in Yamanashi, Japan. Called Vision, the modern hair salon sits at the confluence of past and future, displaying a welcoming glass front facade. This allows a clear view of daily employee-client interaction while exploring an interesting architectural set of design lines. By allowing full visibility towards the modernly designed interiors, the hair salon is a much more inviting commercial space now that a fascinating glass facade draws curious passers-by. Long and elegant curtains manipulate the amount of natural light needed for the interiors in different times of the day. This exposure facade faces a parking lot, while the existing building and the addition have a garden in between. An underground shampoo space links the existing building to the extension, creating a logical and modern path for clients moving from one part of the hair salon to the other. Transparency seems to have been the main goal of the addition, setting new standards for the daily routine of the Japanese hair salon.
A good building should make you want to look at it. Even if not always liked by passers-by, it should always make them feel something. Manchester Metropolitan’s University’s business school is a building that effortlessly fits this criteria. Indeed for many, the building by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is their first taste of the architecture of Manchester as they travel along the arterial road, Mancunian Way. With its distinct ski-slope roof, and glittering mirrored appearance, it provides a flash of silver, and a dazzling break from the dull greys of the motorway, greeting motorists in a slightly space-age way as they enter the city
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts