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January 10, 2024

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Entrance Crafted in Three-Dimensional Stainless Steel Panels

For any store or office, the entrance plays a crucial role as the first structure that greets customers and visitors. This is precisely why many owners and designers pay particular attention to entrance design. Here is an example of an impactful entrance that embodies the vision of a client.

Entrance Crafted in Three-Dimensional Stainless Steel Panels
Installation of an entrance comprised of stainless steel panels for a gym located in a commercial complex [Design: LARGO Co., Ltd.]

LÝFT GÝM is a members-only fitness club located on the third basement floor (B3F) of the Main Building of Omotesando Hills, a commercial complex in Tokyo. KIKUKAWA fabricated the uniquely shaped wall screen that now forms the entrance to the gym floor via the gym reception.

Entrance Crafted in Three-Dimensional Stainless Steel Panels
The futuristic form of the entryway to the members-only area gym floor creates a wow factor.

The overall size of the wall screen is 7.4m wide by 4m high. Polygonal panels in stainless steel and glass have been fitted into a frame constructed from intersecting stainless steel square tubes. The screen is also soundproofed: two 1.5mm-thick stainless steel panels were installed inside the cavity of the 75mm-thick screen, to sandwich glass wool (a fibrous material with excellent heat insulation and sound absorption properties). The wall screen needed to perfectly seal the wide open area; this required high levels of precision in both fabrication and installation.

Entrance Crafted in Three-Dimensional Stainless Steel Panels
The wall screen (to the right) seen from the gym floor side

The focal point of this entrance design is a polyhedral three-dimensional feature panel, set around the doors. This was designed using 3D-CAD. This highly impactful design sees the polyhedral shape protrude some 765mm from the wall at its highest outermost point. The panel is comprised of 17triangular panels, each 3mm thick and crafted in various sizes from stainless steel.

Not only did this project have a short lead time, the three-dimensional shape also had tight joints requiring hidden screws. As such, we needed to address a number of challenges, both at the design and fabrication stages.

Entrance Crafted in Three-Dimensional Stainless Steel Panels
3D design capabilities were deployed to determine the optimal fit for the polyhedral panels

When designing the sharp, mineral stone-inspired shape of the entrance, particular attention was paid to safety, given that an entrance is by nature used by many people. We created mock-ups of the three-dimensional part, in order to study which shape could best strike a balance between design and safety. We also neatly chamfered the panel corners to reduce any risk from contact.

A Permanent Hairline / Vibration (PHL) surface finish was applied to the stainless steel panels. This imparts a highly metallic shine, as a result of fine grind marks that sparkle under lighting. The grind marks of a PHL finish are also comparatively inconspicuous, which makes PHL ideal for high contact fixtures.
Click here to learn more about PHL (Vibration) Finish

Entrance Crafted in Three-Dimensional Stainless Steel Panels
The luxe look of stainless steel perfectly matches the silver and grey colour palette of the interior.

In a video released when the gym was opened, the gym owner explains how he is “so glad we commissioned this” and talks about how pleased he is with the results.
Click here for the video (in Japanese, entrance discussed from 2:16-3:00).

Polyhedral designs for interiors and exteriors, such as those featured in this project, combine well with metal materials able to evoke sharpness and definition. KIKUKAWA has proven experience with this type of fabrication and installation. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your project needs.

Examples of polyhedral shape installations
Examples of polyhedral shape installations

Click here for project examples of both exterior and interior use of polyhedral shapes
Tokyu Plaza, Omotesando Harajuku
Tokyo International Airport (Haneda) Terminal 2, International Flight Facilities
Sundai Preparatory School, Kashiwa
Sumitomo Fudosan Azabu Juban Building