FATHOM INSERTS ROTATING MIRROR IN JAPANESE HAIR SALON
in japan‘s hiroshima city, fathom has completed ‘siki’, a minimal hair salon defined by a large, monolithic mirror.
set on a single, floor-to-ceiling axis made of stainless steel round pipes, the double-sided mirror rotates to transform the space little by little each day of the year. ‘I wanted it to be a space where people can enjoy their daily life, which is a series of days, by making a small change little by little each day,’ notes hiroyuki nakamoto, the japanese studio‘s lead architect. complemented by ronan & erwan bouroullec‘s rope chair for artek (see more about it here), the mirror serves as the central spatial element within of the project.
all images by tatsuya tabii
AN EXPOSED CONCRETE INTERIOR
in order to emphasize the presence of the monolithic mirror in the center of ‘siki’, fathom has exposed the concrete skeleton of the building frame and designed all accompanying elements to match it. with mirrors on both sides, the rotating volume softly divides the space: one side of the wall is used as a zone for cutting hair, while the other one, at the back, features the shampoo booths and the toilet. by rotating the wall according to one’s wish, the space transforms into various shapes in combination with the exterior environment that it reflects.
the existing double-door entrance sash was removed to create a semi-outdoor space at the entrance. from there, a long waiting bench in concrete extends through the narrow interior, including a window sill. the salon also features a coffee counter that serves drinks to customers, as well as a concrete reception counter.
ronan & erwan bouroullec’s rope chair for artek
the double-sided mirror rotates to transform the space
the mirror reflects its surroundings, offering a different view at different times of the day
the rest of the space features exposed concrete elements
the existing double-door entrance sash was removed
the rotating volume softly divides the space in two
a semi-outdoor space at the entrance
the salon’s reception counter
‘siki’ hair salon exterior
lead designer: hiroyuki nakamoto
logo design: kentaro ooi (listen)
green: kenzaburo oshio
steel works: kamo craft, susumu murata
location: hiroshima, japan
completion year: 2021
photography: tatsuya tabii
sofia lekka angelopoulou I designboom
nov 29, 2021