A plot of land in Osaka, Japan, was once a farm road and later an illegally-built house; today it’s home to a pharmacy that pays tribute the property’s heritage.
Nestled between two existing structures, the long and narrow pharmacy is a geometrical feast for the eye. A continuous ceiling is lined with parallel slats of wood, creating a linear perspective.
The property's previous functions were aspects the architects wanted to respect and reflect in the design. The building’s straight form follows the narrow line of a farn road, while its gabled roof reflects a simple home design.
‘Though it is surrounded by volumetric urban buildings, we kept the minimum volume of a single story house to recall a persisting memory of the site – the little house,’ says architect Toshikatsu Ienari of TKY JAPAN, which completed the project alongside Yasuo Imazu of ninkipen!.
Photos courtesy Hiroki Kawata.