“tutti / Non Capiscono Niente” is a delicatessen and bar located on a shopping street 5 mins walk from Yoyogi Uehara station, Tokyo.
We planned to renovate the unremarkable and mediocre wooden row house into a delicatessen open to the local shopping street while the second-floor special retreat-esque bar opens at night.
To renovate yet retain the mood of an old barrack, we chose to cover the exterior with white-colored galvalume, which was purposely formed to pick up the underlying undulations of the insulation to impart an “untidy” impression.
We also boldly cut the exterior wall for the sizeable fixed facade window to showcase the spiral staircase inside and draw attention to the second floor.
The minimum space allocated to the staircase (1-tsubo, approx. 3.3㎡) required ingenuity in execution. We especially realized a column-less spiral staircase that receives its vertical load on the adjacent walls and riser boards.
Architect_TANK, MMA Inc. (2F Bar counter)