The project site, a narrow and long plot, raised questions not only about the interior spaces organization but also concerning their adequate lighting and ventilation. The parcel was then divided, in plan, in three squares. To the ones to the north and south were assigned respectively the functions of Karaoke and Shops. The central square, not producing instead volume, becomes a courtyard that, in addition to allow most building spaces to receive air and light, is an unexpected refuge for passersby and building users. This operation allows also to free the west facade of the building that will be built right next the project plot, granting to it an aspect.
The decision to place within the courtyard the accesses to the two blocks of the building makes that it becomes the fulcrum of the entire articulation of the complex. In addition to being a necessary point of passage for those who want to access to the various features offered by the building, the courtyard becomes a place, bestowed to the city, where it’s possible to stop and rest while drinking a tea or reading a book in the shade of deciduous plants. These, assuming different colors and aspects according to the changing seasons, return to the visitor the measure of his relationship with the time. Finally, the creation of an alley to the east of the plot defines a point of access to the square, producing, at the same time, unexpected perspective views.
Externally the building is a compact monolith, articulated by a Cartesian reinforced concrete warp - structuring the envelope - within which are located the covering panels of the facade made of thin oya stone slabs interposed between two glass panels. The small thickness of the slab allows the passage of light, which in part is diffused and in part punctually filtered through the pores that characterize this stone. At night, when the Electric City lights, artificial lighting of the interior make the building shine outside.