ArKhe | a beauty salon inspired by Greek philosophy

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According to Greek philosophy, arkhe was the cosmos or everything, and was often interpreted as referring to the element of water which, in turn, gives life to everything. Based on that concept, architect Moriyuki Ochiai designed a Beauty Salon just east of Tokyo using recyclable aluminum sheets to express the flow of water.

The detachable aluminum reflects light like the sparkling surface of a stream and “fills the space with elegant and sensual curves,” says the architects. “Water is the source of all life, and this space projects an image of clarity as a beauty salon in pursuit of the origin of beauty.”


The flexible aluminum sheets can be easily detached from the ceiling and rearranged. This was also a consideration for the potential of relocating – the can be easily reinstalled in a new location, effectively reducing the cost of moving.



ArKhe has been added to our collection of beauty salon architecture.


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  1. Arkhe (αρχή) in Greek means Origin / Beginning or Principle , not cosmos or everything.
    In the ancient Greek philosophy, arche is the first principle of existing things. Maybe it is confusing because some early Greek philosophers believed that water was the beginning of everything, while others thought it was fire.
    Cosmos in ancient Greek is Order or Ornament.
    The richness of Greek language is amazing, but can be very tricky too.
    Great site!
    Peace from Greece

  2. Great idea comes with peace immiginations.

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