The Cutting-Edge Pharmacy

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Small Architecture
Firm LocationHimeji, Japan
CompanyMatsuya Art Works / KTX archiLAB
Lead ArchitectTetsuya Matsumoto
Design TeamMotoaki Takeuchi Homare Hattori Farid Ziani
ClientEri Matsuura / Himeji Daiichi Hospital.

The Cutting Edge is a dispensing pharmacy
located nearby Himeji Daiichi general
hospital in Japan. The Idea behind this
pharmacy is to promote the hospital by giving
it a new image as it is subject to a strong
The keyword for medical related design is
healing, commonly associated with peaceful
nature traditionally tries to incorporate
natural elements like trees, green walls and
flowers. Nonetheless, the simple fact of
coming to a medical institution lays on the
trust that the patient puts on modern
medicine. The more advanced medicine is the
more trustworthy it becomes; true peace of
mind is reached when the medical care is at
its “Cutting Edge”.
The pharmacy is situated along one of the
most important streets in the region. The
façade is totally glazed and contoured by
protracted sharp edges. The edges are also
projected into the minimalist white interior
demarcated by a black cross. This
minimalistic space designed in clean straight
lines creates the High-Tech sharp image that
the patient expects from an advanced medical

Tetsuya Matsumo is the Head Architect Designer at Matsuya Art Works / KTX ArchiLAB, specialized in commercial design. The project he deals with varies both in scale and type without losing the fine attention given to the smallest details. From interior design to architectural buildings, his portfolio includes Restaurants, shops, Showrooms, Clinics, Schools, beauty salons, sports facilities and much more. The simplicity of the design, being budget friendly, aesthetically impressive whilst being perfectly functional are intransigent criteria in all the projects Tetsuya Matsumoto deals with.