Kamikatz Public House – RISE & WIN Brewing Co. BBQ & General Store
Kamikatz Public House is a private-sector business which sympathises with the principles of this town. This project was launched with the concept of integrating a shop that sells household sundries, food, beer by weight, a brewery and a pub. As the word “pub” comes from “public house,” Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP decided that they would bring the principles of the community, the wisdom and ways of the people, towards creating waste into form, through architecture.
Located in Kamikatsu, this town is committed to zero waste and aims to become a sustainable recycling society. Kamikatsu already attains an 80% recycling rate by sorting its waste into 34 categories. Used items are displayed at the recycle centre like a store. As mass-production and mass-consumption society reaches an impasse, the world holds great expectations for this movement.
The aim was to create a public house so that the community could feel a sense of pride in their actions. The space is full of improvisation, from empty bottle chandeliers, newspaper wallpaper, reconstructed furniture and farm equipment for product display fixtures, showcasing the creative combination and use of waste material.
“Our approach to architectural design as well as concepts like Locavore, utilizing doors, windows and furniture dumped in the rubbish collection station, utilizing “scrap” Yuko citrus peel from Kamikatsu to spice our craft beer, and using returnable bottles that can be used again and again. All of these things represent the creative spirit of our Kamikatsu project, which is moved by the passion of the 3Rs: “Recycle”, “Reduce” and “Reuse”. Recycling and reusing is creative and cool. This philosophy is presented in Kamikatsu style. We are also planning another project to provide an educational opportunity to create a more “sustainable” society and follow our “responsibility” to connect the culture of Kamikatsu and the Zero-Waste principle.” – RISE & WIN Brewing Co.
The architecture is not only conserving energy and resources, it is reducing harmful emissions though reuse, reduce, and recycle, and starting to enhance a circulation of the regional economy as well as tourism.
Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP:
Kamikatsu in Tokushima prefecture is committed to zero waste, aiming to become a sustainable recycling society. The town has already attained an 80% recycling rate by sorting its waste into 34 categories. Used items are displayed at the recycle center like a store. As mass-production and mass-consumption society reaching an impasse, the world holds great expectations for this movement.
On the premise that a paradigm shift for production and sales processes is essential in achieving zero waste, a private-sector business inspired by the principles of this town launched this project with the concept of integrating a shop that sells household sundries, food, and beer by weight, brewery, and a pub. As the word “pub” comes from “public house,” we decided to bring the principles of the community, the wisdom and ways of the people towards waste to form through architecture. Our aim was to create a public house so that the community could feel pride in their actions.
To create continuity of production and consumption, we started by positioning functions in chronological order in the linear building—from the raw material warehouse to the brewery and then to the pub where the beer will be served. To make the pub a local symbol when looking up from the town, the windows comprising fittings from abandoned houses were set eight meters high. We gathered windows that illuminated the town in the past and dedicated our wish that they would serve as a lantern of hope to shine upon the town struggling with a declining population. The elevated ceiling effectively ventilates the warm air that stagnates above during summer, while the double layer of window fittings trap air and enhance insulation. The ceiling fan circulates heat from the carbon-neutral radiation heater that makes effective use of branches from the forest.
We converted and reconstructed furniture such as bridal chests and farm equipment found at the recycle center for use as product display fixtures. Locally-produced cedar board wood waste was colored with naturally derived persimmon tannin paint and applied to the exterior wall. We utilized abandoned items from a tile factory for the floor, empty bottles to create a chandelier, antlers produced in the town for the draft tower, and newspapers as wallpaper. The space is full of improvisation and discoveries with this creative combination of waste material.
Not only the architecture conserves energy and resources, and reduces harmful emissions though reuse, reduce, and recycle, it is starting to enhance a circulation of the regional economy as well as tourism. Moreover, by embodying the town’s vision within everyday life, the locals who gather at this pub are beginning to truly realize that their actions are fun and creative. The town was also inspired by this and newly established a display shelf for construction materials at the recycle center. Although Kamikatz Public house is a small low-cost architecture, it embraces the grand dream of contributing to creating a sustainable social system.
Project name: Kamikatz Public House – RISE & WIN Brewing Co. BBQ & General Store
Location: 237-2, Hirama, Masaki, Kamikatsu-cho, Katuura-gun, Tokushima, Japan
Coordinates: 33.919201, 134.426529
Type: Shop / Store / Showroom / Retail
Principal use: Micro brewery
Structure: Timber structure
Total floor area : 115 sqm
Completion Year: 2015.5
Visit Kamikatz Public House’s Website: here
Client / Owner / Developer: n/a
Architects: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP – 5-25-7-2F Komazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Structure design: Yamada Noriaki Structural Design Office
Contractor: Daiso Co.,Ltd
Produce: TRANSIT GENERAL OFFICE
Furniture Design: Wrap
Text Description: © Courtesy of Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, RISE & WIN Brewing Co. BBQ & General Store
Images: © Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP, RISE & WIN Brewing Co. BBQ & General Store