Situated in the middle of a rice paddy is a sleek, modern building that, well, looks nothing like a dog salon. But of course, it is. Inside the sloped structure – intended, from the outside, to resemble a seated dog – is a combined residence and dog salon named mamacona. It’s located in Oita prefecture in the small coastal town of Usa (pronounced ew-sa).
The dog salon occupies the part of the building adjacent to the main road with the family’s living quarters towards the back. The bathroom and kitchen is located in the center, where it can be easily accessed from both the home and shop. “Because the line of sight extends unbroken from the shop entrance back through the garden, the space feels larger than it actually is,” explains Naoko Horibe, the architect behind the space.