Overlooking Japan’s huge Tottori Sand Dunes is a brand new two-level construction that connects earth and environment. Dubbed a “staircase to the sky,” Takahama Café is one in all architect Kengo Kuma’s newest tasks that displays the encircling setting. The dramatically vaulted constructing, which totals 199 sq. meters, is constructed with cross-laminated timber and bolstered concrete and incorporates a balcony topped with a pergola for guests to view the area. Sand from the dunes textures the Washi paper pendant lights inside, and in honor of native craftspeople and traditions, the studio tasked the Tottori Mingei pottery workshop Nakai-gama with creating the toilet sinks, that are cloaked in its signature blue-black glaze.
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