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Brief Published: 26 Jul 2011

Glass Pharmacy by SpaceSpace


Futuristic in the extreme, and breaking way out of the mould of traditional pharmacies, Osaka-based architects SpaceSpace have designed a pavilion-like dispensing pharmacy in Suzuka, located in the Mie province of Southern Japan. 

While a graphic floral motif both inside and out establishes a sense of continuity and flow (it's only real nod to traditional Japanese design), its real focal point is a large, glass-enveloped parking space outside the single-storey building, which doubles as an attractive waiting space for customers. The sweeping glass facade also allows views directly into the back areas of the store, which are generally concealed – a rare voyeuristic treat.

While the interiors have been arranged for optimal efficiency, with the service area at the front and more functional preparation areas towards the back, the minimal layout and neutral colour palette of grey and white punctuated by dark furniture help to create a calming ambience.