all photographs: RuRi Photo Studio
For the last several decades the market for kimono, Japan’s traditionally worn garments, have been in decline. Recently, thanks to the the efforts of many, kimono have been undergoing a renaissance but kimono makers still need to stay relevant in order to survive. For Kyoto-based kimono maker Souhee, that meant creating their latest showroom in a renovated machiya that blends elements of tradition and modernity.
The kimono maker worked with architect Joe Chikamori, who was tasked with turning the derelict yet charming machiya townhouse pictured above, into something eye-stopping that would also serve the function of showcasing the company’s kimonos.
The architect responded by removing the front wall and installing an undulating glass facade that blended the boundaries between inside and outside. To create the look while staying under budget, the architect used a polyhedral surface to achieve the curvature, which ended up complimenting the way kimonos drape and glitter.
The glass facade also allows for a transparent view to the back garden, creating an enticing and inviting space. The showroom, which opened earlier this year, doubles as a photo studio that can be used for photo shoots as well. If you’re passing through Kyoto and want to visit, here is the exact location. If you’re interested in the photo shoot services, here is their website.