The transformation of this typical 'mansion' apartment on the outskirts of Tokyo demonstrates the adaptability of Ja… Read More
Tokyo, Japan 2010
The transformation of this typical 'mansion' apartment on the outskirts of Tokyo demonstrates the adaptability of Japan's post-war housing stock for providing affordable accommodation to the next generation of young families.
The tatami area is not only a space for meditation, occasional dining, and entertaining. Come bedtime, a futon can be unfolded from the closet, thus saving space. The illuminated box along one wall holds nighttime reading material and doubles as a reading light and bedside table. The white wall and sliding door for the closet play a role of the project in wall for the entertainment. The space becomes the home theatre!
Internal partitions were demolished to to maximize light penetration and provide an open-plan living arrangement. Closets flanking the main space are concealed behind full-length sliding doors.
Two of the central doors slide apart to reveal a hot(pink)desk. The key to the live/work lifestyle is being able to shut one's work away and out of sight at the end of a hectic day.
The built-in plant trough strikes a line of green vegetation across the space. The rear window is framed by cabinetry, focusing natural light upon the rear preparation area.
Connection between the kitchen and main living space is kept unobstructed by suspending the cabinetry above the dining counter.
A small changing room serves the bath/shower wet room and contains a bespoke compact vanity unit. The timber 'sunoko' (decking) and bathtub surround are made from Hinoki wood, whose texture and scant enable the space more relaxing.