Tokyo Concept Store Disguised As A Parking Garage

(Author : Dave Pinter)
The retail and cafe project is designed as a hidden treasure for urban explorers.

Beneath the busy Sukiyabashi intersection, three floors down in the sub basement of the Ginza Sony Building, lies a new concept store and cafe. The space doesn’t reflect the luxury brand glitz of the surrounding street level retail stores, but rather takes design ques from an adjacent subterranean parking structure. The Park•ing is an experimental dining and retail space across two underground levels designed by Nobuo Araki/The Archetype. The project aims to explore the coexistence of a dynamic shopping space within a parking environment, of which one of Ginza’s largest is right next door.

The interior lifts elements directly from the adjacent underground parking lot, west of the Sony Building. A series of custom floor stencils were created to simulate the pavement navigation to find the on the actual parking deck.The retail area is broken up into flexible vendor spaces which are intended to change over time. The space also has the ability to host special events such as garage sales… no kidding.

The third floor, where the cafe is located, has two walkways to the adjacent garage, while the lower retail floor is accessed by a curved staircase or elevators.

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The Park•ing is a follow-up project to POOL for Nobuo Araki/The Archetype. A former swimming pool was used as the basis for a retail store in that instance.

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