There’s something industrial yet intimate about this project. The internal apparent light structure makes it look almost transparent.
From the architect:
The owner bought an old house and there is not much information about when or who built the house. The only thing we could find was that the house was renovated in the same year as when the Olympics was held in Tokyo: 1964.
Design development took place after the demolition of the interior walls in order to access the condition of the existing structures/MEP. The structure was enhanced to meet the latest code requirements. Also, the insulation was replaced to achieve equivalent quality of new houses as to meet the 4th grade energy saving performance evaluation program requirements in Japan.
The finishes and layout were determined with a positive measurement. The toilet and the bathroom were the only spaces where doors were installed. The other spaces are softly divided by curtains in order to leave the option of having these areas either open or closed.
In opening up and connecting the space, the old doors and flooring, kept when the house was demolished, were reused by changing the functions and locations of them.
Via,photos © Yoshiro Masuda