In Japan, Shigeru Ban Architects has completed ‘Vin Sante + N House’, a combined restaurant and residential constructing. The wooden 3-storey structure occupies a prominent corner plot in Toyko, along a walkway populated with cherry blossom trees. Cross laminated timber has been utilised for the scheme’s columns and beams, making certain big open spaces, with no the need for inner supports.
At ground degree, Shigeru Ban has used paper tubes to carry a sense of warmth and hospitality to the restaurant, complementing the surrounding wooden structure. Different dining places are presented beneath the undulating ceiling. Fully retractable openings enabling the eating area to lengthen out onto an external terrace, supplying guests the chance to dine outside. The two levels above include apartments, with the structural program once more making sure the possible for flexible internal layouts.