It seems as though it has been there for 10,000 years
and will be for 10,000 more.


maison owl

maison owl PROLOGUE

木陰雲 / Kokage-gumo × kudan house × maison owl

建築家・石上純也氏の作品「木陰雲」の期間限定展示に伴い、7月より九段にて営業しております「maison owl PROLOGUE」ですが、

maison owl PROLOGUEは、「木陰雲」撤去までの期間限定とし、ディナーのみ、営業いたします。

“maison owl PROLOGUE” has been opening in Kudan House since July together with the architect Junya Ishigami’s exhibition “Kokage-gumo”.
The restaurant service has been extended until November5th despite the end of the exhibition.
“Kokage-gumo” is not opened to the public anymore, but only those who come to the restaurant can watch it.
maison owl PROLOGUE will be opened offering dinner until the removal of “Kokage-gumo” this year.
As autumn arrives, the expression of the shade clouds is also changing.
Enjoy the French cuisine that inspired by the artwork while watching it is the best entertainment.

There is an old residence in Kudanshita, which was built in 1927 (the second year of the Showa Period) by Mankichi Yamaguchi, a prosperous businessman. Architects including Tachu Naito, who designed the Tokyo Tower, were involved in its construction. In the old, but beautiful garden of the residence, I built a canopy that gently keep us out of from the sunlight, which will only be present this summer.


In order for the newly built canopy to blend in with the historical scenery, I thought from the beginning to giving it an aged look. Specifically, I intended to fill the garden with wooden pillars and roofs, which have been burnt using the Yakisugi technique (traditional Japanese method of wood preservation by slightly charring the surface of cedar wood). By adjusting the fire heat, the surface of the cedar wood is charred, and parts of the wooden structure are burnt. The wooden structure that extends widely across the garden is carbonized into flexible shapes, in order to be placed around the existing old trees growing thickly in the garden. The charred jet black wooden structure has a similar appearance to an abandoned house too. It looks as if it transformed from a new building to a ruined house, and underwent the transition of a building due to ageing in an instant.


The black wooden structure covers and hides the surrounding skyscrapers that did not exist in the early Showa period, and the countless rays of light flowing through the holes of the structure blends with the sunshine throughout the leaves. As the modern scenery is revealed through the trees disappearing, and the strong sunshine of the summer softens, the visitors share the same ancient time that flows within the garden. The jet black structure is the cool shadow that floats in between the old trees on a summer evening.

Junya Ishigami


石上 純也