Ryuji Nakamura

Location: Nagareyama, Chiba, Japan

Principal use: Optician

Client: JIN Co. Ltd.

Floor area: 104m2 (1,119ft2)

Design period: July 2006 – February 2007

Construction period: December 2006 – February 2007

Budget: Undisclosed but limited

JIN’s GLOBAL STANDARD eyewear store (nicknamed ‘Shortcut’ by the architect) was one of the five recipients of The Great Indoors Award in 2007. From 250 entries Ryuji Nakamura found himself in the company of world-famous architects such as Zaha Hadid, Thomas Heatherwick and Wonderwall as a winner of the coveted prize, praised for his “refusal to acknowledge the existence of the immediate surroundings [which] added to the quality of the design”. It’s a considerable ...

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