Urban Identity Represented by Concept Stores Converted from Machiya in Central Kyoto

Authors

  • Supitsara Intaraksa Faculty of Architecture, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
  • Nawit Ongsavangchai Faculty of Architecture, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14456/jucr.2022.31

Keywords:

Urban Identity; Kyoto; Machiya; Concept Store; Retail; Architecture; Japan

Abstract

The city grid plan of Kyoto gave birth to rectangle street blocks and long narrow land plots for the layout of machiya, a traditional townhouse. From the last two decades, many old buildings in Kyoto including machiya were restored for contemporary use as concept store which widely known for its distinctive design that can represent Kyoto's urban features. This research aims to clarify the relationship between modern concept stores and the traditional urban fabric of Kyoto by selecting nine concept stores as case studies to collect data on-site for doing content analysis from their spatial planning to physical design; from brand concept to urban context and from selling items to façade design. The study found that the relationship between concept stores and urban fabrics was created through visual connection from interior items for sale, to exterior design of building facade that blends with the context of the neighborhood.

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Published

2022-12-20 — Updated on 2023-01-13

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How to Cite

Intaraksa, Supitsara, and Nawit Ongsavangchai. (2022) 2023. “Urban Identity Represented by Concept Stores Converted from Machiya in Central Kyoto”. Journal of Urban Culture Research 25 (January):233-53. https://doi.org/10.14456/jucr.2022.31.