Architecture firm Kamitopen devised a clever design solution for Majimaya, a confectionary tool shop in Tokyo. The Majimaya brand is best known for their cookie cutters—of which they have a lot. On top of which, being in Tokyo, the multi-floor store has a narrow footprint. Architects Masahiro Yoshida and Yoshie Ishii tackled the challenges gamely.
"There are 3,000 different types of cookie-cutter that we had to display. A layout was required that allowed the customer to see all of them smoothly and that placed no stress on the staff. In addition, there is a problem in that the space is centered around an atrium. The basement and second floor are thus not effective spaces for a shop. We needed to solve the problem in a limited space."
"Our solution: Evacuation stairs surrounded by protective chain-link fencing, off of which hang 3,000 cookie-cutters in the center of the building. We then arranged 3,000 tin boxes on the sides of the stairs. Each display cookie-cutter has a number, which corresponds with a number on the tin boxes where the customer can select the stock themselves."
"In addition, during the planning of the building, all floors were connected by split-level floors. While choosing molds, customers are guided to move up and down subconsciously. This solved the space's unique problems."