Ogimachi Global Dispensing Pharmacy

by TKY JAPAN & ninkipen!

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.

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