28th September 2022 | IN PROJECT OF THE WEEK | BY SBID ShareTweetPinterestLinkedIn This week’s instalment of the Project of the Week series features a confectionery tools store design by 2021 SBID Awards Finalist, KAMITOPEN. SBID Awards Category: Retail Design Practice: KAMITOPEN Project: Majimaya Location: Tokyo, Japan What was the client’s brief? Founded in 1951, the company Majimaya has been selling confectionery tools in Kappabashi for over 70 years. There were 3000 different types of molds that I needed to showcase with the design. What inspired the design of the project? The design is rooted in the client’s enthusiasm to continue selling confectionery tools in the same place for the next 100 years. What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project? The main problem I had to solve was the limited space. I suggested setting up the evacuation stairs and protective fences in a way for them to display 3000 molds, right in the center of the building. In addition, I also arranged 3000 tin boxes there. By linking the display with the number printed on the box, it was made easy for the customers to choose one themselves and take out the required number from the stock. During the planning of the building, all floors were connected by split-level floors, and while choosing molds, customers were guided to move up and down subconsciously. This solved the unique problem of arcade area, which is a stress-free place for customers to move up and down inside the building. What was your team’s highlight of the project? 3,000 confectionery tools molds in the middle that were installed together with the client. Why did you enter this project into the SBID Awards? I thought it could be an inspiration for arcade shopping buildings all over the world. Questions answered by Masahiro Yoshida, Representative, KAMITOPEN. View the project We hope you feel inspired by this week’s design! If you missed the last instalment of Project of the Week, featuring a renovated soft and subtle hotel design by Elkus Manfredi Architects, click here to read it.