The Okomeya rice store in Tokyo is an ode to tradition whilst using modern materials. Made completely from timber, the existing wood structure has been sanded down to achieve a coherent colour tone to the plywood insertions. The candidness of this petit store is transcendent.
The shop faces the street whereas the residence of the owner is located in the back, like many traditional retail spaces in Japan.
The architect Jo Nagasaka from Schemata Architects, decided to renovate the whole building as well as the shop face. Existing structures were sanded down until they matched the colour of the new lauan plywood used for finishings, resulting in a refreshed and singular appearance.
Photography by Kenta Hasewaga