House of Higashiyama by nanometer architecture

“Reception room, alcove”

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非常感谢 nanometer architecture 予gooood分享以下内容 。
Appreciation towards nanometer architecture  for providing the following description:


The reception room and alcove are different depending on the seasons and guests. The reception room has disappeared from the house due to the diversification of lifestyles and the rationalization of floor plans, and the name is already unfamiliar to us. Its function has been thrown into cities such as cafes and galleries for a long time. I would like to reconsider the space between the reception room and the alcove.

▼项目概览,general view © ToLoLo studio



▼公寓改造前 & 曾经作为办公室的空间,before renovation & the previous office © nanometer architecture

This is a 49-year-old RC rental condominium that has been renovated. I doubted my eyes when I was looking for a property on the rental site. On the floor plan, there were three rooms, “Western-style room”, “LDK”, and “concrete exposed”. Moreover, the hatch was carefully hung on the untouched part. Since there is an LDK, what is the purpose of this untouched room? In the photo provided, the RC was exposed with the floor still open, not to mention the ceiling and walls. I wonder how the former resident lived here, but it seems that there were originally two Japanese-style rooms. Unusual for renting in rural areas, the decision was made promptly on the condition that it was free to repair and did not require restoration. I heard that this was the only property with this condition out of thousands of registrations.

We moved from Tokyo and used it as an office and house. Half a year later, I rented the office in another place, so after the office function disappeared, it became a storage room and I had to keep it, but at one point I thought about a new use here. It is a place that has no use originally. It’s large to live in, the room is big, and it looks good for a large number of people. Since there were people coming and going as an office from the beginning, there is no hesitation in letting in people even when it is only a residence. The word reception room emerged.

▼改造后的公寓,after renovation © ToLoLo studio

▼客厅玄关,entrance area © ToLoLo studio


The carpet, which was a remnant of the office era, has been changed to tatami to accommodate a large number of visitors. I noticed that there was a female screw on the ceiling to hang the ceiling board, and I tried bolting it in and it was perfect. I asked them to add some and made a different shelf with LGS. At the entrance, the upper part of the underfloor foot was placed between the floors, and the kitchen was renovated while living, such as a counter for parties. We are now using this as an event venue hosted by the office.

▼接待室,reception room © ToLoLo studio

▼置物架和混凝土墙壁,shelves and concrete wall © ToLoLo studio

▼桌子细节,table detailed view

▼接待室细节,reception room details © ToLoLo studio

▼厨房,kitchen © ToLoLo studio


The room of unknown use jumped over the frame of the room through the office and the storage room, and the entire house became a reception house. Depending on the time and the occasion, decorating the person while thinking about it will teach us the connection and richness of life. Only the room is public in the drawing room, but in this house the entire house is the reception room. It is interesting to feel like exposing ourselves to the public while regaining the small public of reception in our hands. This time, both the north and south sides face the balcony with the spout window, so I’m thinking of changing from tatami mats to tiles to make it a terrace room.

▼洗手台和可调节镜柜,hand-washing area and the mirror cabinet © ToLoLo studio

▼平面图,plan  © nanometer architecture

Reception House of Higashiyama
location:Chikusa Nagoya,Japan
principal use:house/show room/event space
contractor:Hirata construction
photo:ToLoLo studio
number of floors:3rd floor of 4 stories
total floor area:60㎡(renovation area)
design period:2019.9-2019.10
construction period:2019.12

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