Modelia Brut KAGURAZAKA by Sasaki Architecture + YTRO Design Institute

When the residence becomes an embodiment of the way of life

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该建筑位于东京市中心的一个住宅区,周围既有古老的寺庙也有现代化住宅。Kagurazaka slope是该地区的主要商业街,以其数百年的文化历史而闻名。Roji则是从主街划分出来的狭窄小巷,有许多隐藏的魅力。设计团队一直在思考,什么样的集合住宅才能更好地适应这里丰富的人文地理环境。


This building is located in a residential area in the heart of Tokyo amid a mixture of old temples and modern houses. Kagurazaka slope, the area’s main market street, is known for its centuries-long cultural history. Roji, narrow alleys with a lot of hidden charm, branch from the main street. We attempted to determine what design of collective housing would fit into the area’s rich context.

▼建筑正立面,the front facade


▼通向住宅入口的小巷,the alley leading to the entrance of the house

▼小巷旁有一堵镂空墙将住宅与其他建筑隔开,a hollow wall off the alley separates the house from the rest of the building

The gently stepped approach to the building is full of nuances that remind us of how the symbolic slope looked in the old days. The approach is finished with Japanese roof tiles and the walls are lined with board formed concrete. At night, the alley is filled with tranquil lights filtering through square wooden frames within the wall.

▼住宅入口区域在傍晚的景象,the entrance area of the house is seen in the evening

▼在晚上,这里充满了从墙上的矩形木框玻璃窗透进来的静谧灯光,at night, the alley is filled with tranquil lights filtering through square wooden frames within the wall


▼建筑正立面细部,details of the front facade

▼开口细部,details of the opening

The facade, finished with fine exposed concrete, is given characteristic shade using square openings. The openings are recessed slightly from the surface and are bordered with wooden textures. The arrangement of the opening is shifted slightly to avoid direct views while taking light, air and the view. With this arrangement of openings, we also attempted to reduce the massive wight of the concrete.

▼窗口有木质纹理镶边,openings are bordered with wooden textures

▼墙上的众多开口给室内带来充足的采光,numerous openings in the walls provide ample light to the interior


▼墙壁采用了纯白或混凝土的饰面,walls are either plain white or finished with exposed concrete

▼从房间往外,能看到社区内错综复杂的建筑,from the room, one can see the intricate architecture of the community

The interior shows a vivid but exquisitely simple contrast of materials. Walls are either plain white or finished with exposed concrete. There are also walnut accents: base boards made from offcuts from walnut furniture, shoe boxes have a chic texture and kitchens feature a balanced contrast of walnut and stainless steel. Each room’s space takes on unexpectedly diverse shapes with different atmospheres reflecting the town’s intricate depth. The interiors were consciously designed to stimulate the residents’ ideas for living. For example, open storage spaces can also be used as compact dens.

▼室内的众多胡桃木元素,there are walnut accents

▼厨房中胡桃木与不锈钢的有着平衡的对比,kitchens feature a balanced contrast of walnut and stainless steel

▼有别致质感的胡桃木鞋柜,shoe boxes have a chic texture


By this minimalistic design of collective housing with materials and space at play, we suggest a life not reliant on products, and wealth without possession. Minimalism is in direct connection with the way of living.

▼夜幕下的住宅,the house under the cover of night



Project credits:
Project name: Modelia Brut KAGURAZAKA
Architects: Ryuichi Sasaki / Sasaki Architecture + Rieko Okumura / YTRO DESIGN INSTITUTE
Design Team: Ryuichi Sasaki, Rieko Okumura, Gen Sakaguchi, Anna Kwapien, Marion Foulet, Anthony Heller
Producer: Hidetaka Gonai / Modelia Co.,Ltd
Light Design: Natsuha Kameoka / Lighting Sou
Contractor: Nakamuraya KK
Building Management: Alpha Management & Partners Co.,Ltd.
Client: Nobumitsu Ohashi / Shuko Kensetsu Co.,Ltd.

Project outline:
Location: 41-4 Yokoderacho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Purpose of the Building: Residential Housing
Site area: 169.30 m2
Total area: 428.01m2
Structure: Re-inforced Concrete Structure, 5 Stories
Starting Date: October, 2017
Completion Date: July, 2018

Photo credit:
105TO – 163TO: Takumi Ota
01BN – 11BN: Bauhaus Neo

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