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Weekend House Alley | Chiba Manabu

Architect Chiba Manabu recently completed Weekend Alley House, a multi-purpose commercial space on the waterfront in Kamakura. The structure is divided into 7 different buildings, helping to create a feeling of openness that is consistent with the ocean around it.

As far as I understand, the complex is now fully populated with shops, restaurants, cafes and even a hair salon. For anyone looking to get out of Tokyo for the weekend it sounds like a pretty nice excursion to me.

I like how each passageway is its own pair of binoculars, highlighting a unique view of the ocean depending on which way you turn. Standing in the center it almost reminds you of a compass.

(Images courtesy of chibamanabu.jp)

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6 comments

1 Sally K { 12.01.08 at 12:05 am }

Contact details to book weekend away?

2 Sally K { 11.30.08 at 8:05 pm }

Contact details to book weekend away?

3 Johnny { 11.30.08 at 11:07 pm }

Here is the address for Weekend Alley House:
1-1-1 Shichirigahama, Kamakura-Shi
鎌倉市七里ガ浜1-1-1

Just plug that into google maps and you should be ready to go.

If you’re looking for a place to stay try the Kamakura Prince Hotel (http://www.princehotels.co.jp/kamakura). It’s a 10 min walk from Weekend House Alley.

Oh, I forgot to mention this but Aussie chef Bill Granger’s lone Japan outpost is located in Weekend House Alley!

4 beth { 12.02.08 at 5:09 am }

I found your blog through DesignSponge and I love it! This is a great way for me to learn about unique things in Japan…and then I can go out and see them for myself! Keep up the great work! :)

5 beth { 12.02.08 at 1:09 am }

I found your blog through DesignSponge and I love it! This is a great way for me to learn about unique things in Japan…and then I can go out and see them for myself! Keep up the great work! :)

6 Johnny { 12.02.08 at 9:12 am }

Beth – so glad you enjoy it! thanks!!