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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 For Seven People in Tokyo, Japan by mnm

 
March 18th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: mnm 

The House for Seven People

The original house was built 37 years ago with a mixed structure; steel on the ground floor and timber on the first floor. Since its original construction in 1977, the site around the house has dramatically changed. The two-story house is now surrounded by 7-9 story buildings in an area known as the “Urban Village“, which lies between Yamate-Dori and Megro River – a three minute walk from Fudomae Metro Station in Tokyo.

Image Courtesy © Sadao Hotta

  • Architects: mnm
  • Project: House For Seven People
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Sadao Hotta and Morinaka Yasuaki
  • Construction: N.F.C Takashi Kitahara
  • Main Use: Dwelling
  • Client: Chie Hayashi
  • Design Period: March 2013 – May 2013
  • Construction Period: July 2013 – August 2013
  • Number of Floors: 2

Image Courtesy © Morinaka Yasuaki

  • Structure: Steel on the ground floor, Timber on the second floor
  • Steel Frame Span: 2.67m × 6.18m
  • Site Area: 105.56m2(73%)
  • Built Area: 77.77m2(139%)
  • Total Floor Area: 146.74m2
  • Maximum Height: 7.44m
  • Eaves Height: 6.67m
  • Floor Height: 3.77m
  • Ground Floor: 3.42m
  • First Floor: Max 3.55m, Min 3.09m

Image Courtesy © Morinaka Yasuaki

The design seeks to take advantage of the number of people that will inhabit the house. When living alone in central Tokyo it is rare to find a dwelling large enough for a spacious living room, a long bathtub, a large kitchen or a green garden. But by designing a house for seven people, it is possible, through the use of shared spaces, to realise rich dwelling spaces in the center of the city.

Image Courtesy © Morinaka Yasuaki

Living Share

Minimizing the bedroom area allows the living room to be as large as possible. The living room becomes defined by a public character since it can be used as one space for many people at once. It becomes the flexible and tolerant “Third Place“. The living room belongs to the house.

Image Courtesy © Morinaka Yasuaki

It is both a café and a library ; a place that neighbours can meet, share information, and learn from one another. The more people who use the living room, the more stimulating and invigorating the environment becomes. It is envisaged that by involving people who work or study in the neighborhood, The House for Seven People will become a trigger to revive the local community, which has been disappearing.

Image Courtesy © Morinaka Yasuaki

Engawa Share

Without modifying the windows of the existing structure, we have placed a corridor around the façade. This corridor has a character of veranda, like “Engawa” in the space composition of a traditional Japanese house. The Engawa allows daylight into the rooms, and naturally provokes the inhabitants to utilize that space as an extension of their own rooms.

Image Courtesy © Morinaka Yasuaki

They can read next to the window, grow plants or dry their washing in this space; it blurs the borders of the private and public rooms. The more inhabitants spend time in Engawa, the more their life overlaps with others, enahancing the sense of sharing space, and becoming a catalyst for a close community.

Image Courtesy © Morinaka Yasuaki

Image Courtesy © Morinaka Yasuaki

Image Courtesy © Morinaka Yasuaki

Image Courtesy © Morinaka Yasuaki

Image Courtesy © Sadao Hotta

Image Courtesy © Morinaka Yasuaki

Image Courtesy © Sadao Hotta

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