Kengo Kuma & Associates designed the Kayanoya Shop in Tokyo, Japan. Kayanoya has been manufacturing soy sauce for more than 120 years, an impressive feat to say the least. This store is a replica of its traditional warehouse, located in Kuhara Shoyu, Kyushu.
The architects chose wooden barrels, which float near the top of the building, because they are traditionally used for making Shoyu. Koji Buta acts as furniture, offering a look that is both functional and elegant. For those who are unfamiliar, koji is a malt rise which is used as a medium to make shoyu, miso and sake. The architects wished to transfer the cultural significance of these items to Nihonbashi, Tokyo.
All of the cedar materials hail from Kyushu; specifically the barrels and trays were manufactured by crasftspeople in the town. The finished result is a design that strongly identifies with a sense of community.