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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.

Bath Kitchen House in Funabashi, Japan by TakeshiShikauchi Architect Office

 
October 8th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: TakeshiShikauchi Architect Office

According to Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism,  it is said that there are 1.29 million condominium apartments which is over 30 years old and it is estimated to increase up to 4.47 million in 30 years. Residents will get old together with the building and there will be many cases that refurbishment and rehabilitation are not possible due to the cost repair issues. It could lead to vacancy and turn into slum centering in urban areas.Imbalance of generation, aging of residents and dilapidated buildings are something that are inextricable to each other.

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

  • Architects: TakeshiShikauchi Architect Office
  • Project: Bath Kitchen House
  • Location: Funabashi, Chiba prefecture
  • Photography: KouichiTorimura
  • Composition of family: Couple + 2 children+cat
  • Square footage: 41.01m2
  • Structure & scale: RC, 8 floors (40 years old)
  • Construction: Shinei
  • Completion of construction: November, 2012

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

I thought by the combination of architectural efforts such as “changing the space into one room” “opening and closing by sliding doors” “multi-layered usage” and the idea of “live for a limited time frame even though its small” could change a 40m2 apartment which is thought to be difficult to deal with among real estate market in Japan, due to reasons such as “too large for single person” “too small for family” could be changed into an attractive home precisely because it’s for a family with small children.

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

If the fact that newly built level house can be attainable at an amount of money almost same to rented accommodation, the rooms of collective housing will be updated and mixing among generation could happen.

Moving in of young people is also valuable for maintenance aspect.

I believe that “individulal design” with a point of view of maintenance of the whole building is essential for stock utilization.

This is a house to live for ten years until the children grows up and become junior high students.

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

We didn’t need a kid’s room so we chose a small apartment. Due to the age and size of the apartment, we were able to hold down the expense of the apartment itself and appropriate the budget for renovation cost.

As requested by the client it is a one room space, with spacious bathroom and kitchen on the window side.

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

The bathroom can be closed by doors securing privacy and waterproof property when using. At other times it is used as the extension of the main space. By opening and closing the doors the space and the usage of the room is changed and the space is used effectively.The material of the floor is teak. Unity of material makes the space look larger.When thinking about utilizing stock apartments, I think that casual house according to various  life stage can be a solution.

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © KouichiTorimura

Image Courtesy © TakeshiShikauchi Architect Office

Image Courtesy © TakeshiShikauchi Architect Office

Image Courtesy © TakeshiShikauchi Architect Office

Image Courtesy © TakeshiShikauchi Architect Office

Image Courtesy © TakeshiShikauchi Architect Office

Image Courtesy © TakeshiShikauchi Architect Office

Image Courtesy © TakeshiShikauchi Architect Office

Image Courtesy © TakeshiShikauchi Architect Office

Image Courtesy © TakeshiShikauchi Architect Office

Image Courtesy © TakeshiShikauchi Architect Office

The doors of the bathroom (the size of the bathroom is 2 × 3m) is opened on a daily basis, and used as an extension of the main room. The usage of the space is unlimited from ,children’s play space, to help mom cook and to read books.

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