Kinokuniya BookstoreWith the architects and the owner located thousands of miles from their project, Charter had to rely on inventive technology and close communication to complete this tenant improvement job. The Kinokuniya Bookstore is located in Seattle’s Asian shopping center, Uwajimaya Village, and is the largest Asian bookstore in the United States. With the owner in Japan and the architects in Singapore and London, Charter crews relied heavily on email and facsimile to communicate. Plans and new drawings were sent via the Internet in a Vector Works program and printed on Charter’s plotter. Despite the daunting logistics and an architecture firm that had never before worked on a job in the U.S., Charter completed the project on time for a pre-set opening date of November 18, 2000.
Architect: KNTA Architects London & Singapore
Location: International District, Seattle, Washington