Keikichi Yamauchi Architect & Associates recently has completed the Hair Salon interior project, EMILIO in Japan.
it is the “extraordinary relaxation” that brings a sense of exaltation or expectation somewhere in one’s mind.
+ Project description from Keikichi Yamauchi Architect & Associates
In Maruyama district, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, a small beauty salon with three salon chairs and two shampoo units opened.
Maruyama district is popular as a residential area. Many tasteful shops exist and there are already a sufficient number of beauty salons in the neighborhood. Customers expect a beauty salon for comfort and relaxation, in addition to high skills for cutting and setting, and this tendency has increased in recent years.
For this salon plan, comfort and relaxation are important themes. However, the required relaxation is not the usual relaxation that one can feel at home; rather, it is the “extraordinary relaxation” that brings a sense of exaltation or expectation somewhere in one’s mind.
The salon has a styling area with an inorganic and cool impression, and a shampoo area which is softly surrounded by narrow wooden louvers. These two spaces with different identities have a relationship of mutual encouragement. Plants are grown on the floor, walls, and ceilings of each space, using artificial soil made from specially processed cedar and cypress bark. The rather tall plants on the floor roughly divide the two spaces, while the ivy on the ceiling provides a sense of depth to the area. Ivy planted on the shampoo area floor climbs stainless steel wires on the wall and covers the entire louvers on the ceiling as if consuming them. Although the existence and scent of the plants provide comfort and relaxation, we are happy when one can feel something extraordinary in the sight of vigorously growing plants on the floor, walls, and ceiling inside the building.
+ Project facts
Project name: emilio
Type: Hair Salon
Location: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Architect: Keikichi Yamauchi Architect & Associates
Size: 83.0 sqm
Photo: Keikichi Yamauchi
+ All images courtesy Keikichi Yamauchi Architect & Associates, photo by Keikichi Yamauchi