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Mirrors café in Gifu by bandesign


Clad with polished mirrored surfaces this café in Gifu by Japanese practice bandesign reflects the landscape surrounding creating the suggestion of a cherry tree forest. A row of cherry trees is planted at an embankment at its basin, and many people visit this location during the cherry-blossom viewing season. Taking advantage of this location, bandesign made repeated refractions of the tree.


In order to amplify the cherry two mirror walls set up angle position and making a cherry forest on a corner of the town. Overlapping the cherries and reflecting with a warp, the people are invited by it to the forest.

In addition, in the café the people could see the cherries and the reflecting cherries at the same time and feel season changing closely. Especially vertical roof struts of motif of the tree blanch made them feeling of a rest under the tree.


Between two buildings, white gravel makes more reflecting brightly and symbolically expressing the centre of a tree. There are three camellia trees in this site. Camellia makes its red flowers before the cherry blossom, marking the changing season from winter to spring with the colors. The exterior wall is in white steel, while the entrance door is red, in line with the interiors colours, red and green.

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