This nine units apartment is located in Nakameguro, Tokyo. By creating the intermediary space at the windows, the design tries to overcome and redefine an experience of living in a typical low-rise housing in a highly dense environment of Tokyo, where the spaces, views and the distance between buildings are generally compromised. The design is to create this intermediary space to be framed at the window area that can function as an extension of bed, a bench, a table or shelves, depending on its height and configuration in relation to the living space. The life of a resident is enriched by these functional intermediary spaces as the interface for reading books, listening to music, eating and to simply relax like a cat by the window. A variation in depth and size of the windows distort the perspectives which diffuse a sense of depth and distance in space, therefore the sense of scale and privacy as to a body is distorted. Because of this experience, your internal dimension of ‘mind’ takes over space like being in a teahouse. The intermediary spaces are punctured into the dead space around the building, but these become the most habitable spaces, the happiest and mindful spots for the residents.
Collaboration with ISSHO, Shuji Tada (Structure)