positive/negative / by George Maroussis

This ceramics studio by Sambuichi Architects in Hagi, Japan is really interesting in how the architecture helps to tell the story of what happens inside.  The shop houses separate spaces for each phase of the ceramics process, from raw materials to painting and glazing.  The positive/negative principle underlying the ceramics process is reflected in the construction, as the wood formwork used to cast the concrete elements is reused to create shutters and partitions.  The play between the texture of the wood and its reflection in concrete is a beautiful expression of this connection to process.