Large “furniture” in the space defines a place for life. Light, wind, and daily scenes reflect on its surface and spread through the space.
▼住宅内开敞空间，view of the large open space
This is a renovation of a 40-year old apartment in Tokyo. All rooms had sufficient light and wind from many windows along south and north walls facing wide streets. We converted the three-bedroom apartment into a large open space and let light and wind pass through in order to make the best use of the environment. In an open plan space, we need to consider how to locate spaces involving privacy including a bathroom and bedrooms and how to provide enough storage spaces. Our solution was to provide a large closet spanning the entire width of the room.
▼阳光与微风中的室内，space lets light and wind pass through
▼跨越整个房间宽度的大衣柜，a large closet spanning the entire width of the room
We removed all partitions and made a large floor area to maintain some “margin” and a sense of spaciousness. Large furniture divides the space according to daily functions and loosely defines a “place” for life, not “rooms”. We focused on how to integrate the large piece of furniture into daily life. Reflective finishes are applied on the surface on which daily scenes are reflected and diffused light is reflected to illuminate the space. Closet doors are slightly angled to create subtle gaps in between so that the impression changes according to the viewing angle.
▼反光面板反射阳光与生活场景，sunlight and daily scenes are reflected by finishes
▼壁橱门稍稍倾斜并产生微妙的间隙，视觉效果随着不同观察角度而改变，slightly angled closet doors create subtle gaps and the impression changes according to the viewing angle
The ceiling and walls are left as they are. Instead of applying new finishes, lace curtains hung along the entire width of the walls serve as new “finishes” creating vivid contrasts with the existing walls. Delicate qualities of details and finishes stand out and a unique feeling of tension between the old and new is generated by keeping the existing state.
▼新窗帘与旧墙壁及天花板之间形成张力，tension between the old walls&ceiling and new curtains
▼柔软的窗帘与坚硬地板形成对比，contrast between soft curtains and hard floor pavement
▼窗帘与地板细节，curtains and floor detail
未来住宅 |Future housing
We envisioned a future house. A house reflects its social context and is planned to meet values, customs, and lifestyles of the time. To think about a future house is to imagine future society and lifestyles. This apartment was built in 1979 based on a typical family apartment plan in Japan. Our clients wanted to have a flexible living environment allowing for various activities such as inviting guests and working. A typical apartment plan centered around a space combining a dining room and kitchen, which started 40 years ago in Japan, is no longer effective and needs to be updated to meet diverse demands of today’s society. In this project, we intend to deconstruct a typical apartment based on a “room” and reconstruct it as a “place.” Our focus was on how to incorporate the surrounding environment and envision lifestyles in the new era.
The space should be flexible to respond to changes in family structure and the key is to provide some “margin” allowing for possible changes in the future. An open-floor space provides a sufficient “margin” and furniture can be effectively used to utilize the “margin.” In this way, we can propose unique solutions to meet various demands of clients.
▼窗帘与天花板构造细部，curtains and ceiling structure detail
By exploring a future house, we acknowledged unmeasurable values of spaces that cannot be evaluated based on conventional standards such as the floor area or the price per unit area. Deconstruction/reconstruction of evaluation criteria is a crucial factor in evolution of houses.
PROGRAM: House (Apartment renovation)
LOCATION: Tokyo, Japan
TEAM: Office Shogo Onodera (Design)
renoveru co., ltd.(Construction)