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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

House in Ookayama in Tokyo, Japan by Torafu Architects

 
June 1st, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Torafu Architects

A Collection of Large Furniture

Two generations live in this three-storied wooden house located in a Tokyo residential area. The site corresponds to a 4.7 m wide × 16.5 m long fringe of the land where the owner’s parents lived. Furthermore, the site is enclosed by buildings on three sides while its northern side abuts directly on the street. The layout was designed to alleviate the impression of narrowness of the frontage in as much as possible and make the best use of the site’s conditions within the maximum volume allowed by setback restrictions. To minimize pressure from the corridor on the frontage path we devised a basic plan that placed the entrance and stairs at the center while the bedroom and public areas are divided on a north-south axis.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

  • Architect: Torafu Architects
  • Name of Project: House in Ookayama
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Structural design: OHNO-JAPAN Co.,Ltd.
  • Facility design: MAXRAY (Lightings)
  • Photographs: Daici Ano.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

  • Production: AO
  • Fabric design: NUNO
  • Building site: Meguro Tokyo
  • Site area: 76.16m²
  • Total floor area: 104.50m²
  • Number of stories: 3F + Storage
  • Structure: Wood
  • Design period: 2009.11-2010.05
  • Construction period: 2010.06-11

Interior View (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

Taking into account the fact that the occupants had many belongings, we incorporated a storage space shaped like a box between the 1st and 2nd floors. Above the bedroom on the 2nd floor is a child’s room that resembles a huge table. Each part is connected by stairs bearing a different design and the space between some of the steps can be used for storage as well.

Stairs (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

The floor of the living room on the 2nd floor extends into the bedroom where it serves as a desk. The toilet in the intermediary storage space protrudes into the 2nd floor to act as a light-well and a table. The bay window in the wall connecting to the ceiling can also become a bench, giving a sense of loftiness to the whole space. Boards placed between the four sturdy walls passing through the 1st to 3rd floor become shelves and desks that make for a big storage wall by using the structure of the house.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

This random-looking composition resembles multifunctional stacking,thus can be seen as one large piece of furniture. We implemented a cross-section design free from the hierarchical configuration of a normal building, blurring the boundaries between building and furniture. From the fitting of the terrace to the placement of the shelves and other minute details, we employed a construction method by aggregation, whereby each architectural component becomes a piece of furniture. This makes the house a vessel that allows for perpetual change to take place and leaves enough leeway for its inhabitants to add their own touch after they move in.

Interior View (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

Hall (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

Kitchen (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

Stairs (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

Wash Basin (Images Courtesy Daici Ano)

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