A mixed-use building consisting of a restaurant, apartments, and the owner’s residence in Nakameguro, Tokyo. The idea is to archive a consistent and minimalist exterior envelope while accommodating a variety of internal programs and their spatial requirements. The design has carefully controlled sizes and patterns of edge and corner conditions, mainly controlling the sectional details of the window sashes in relation to the terrace openings, and it emphasizes the “STEP” effect in the RC cast structure to create a sense of depth even for this flat pancake building. The design intent is to pose a question and challenge at the threshold of architectural design, how MUCH detail design is required to be a MINIMALIST building, but also how can an architect define a building as architecture with MORE detail to look LESS? The building consists of a series of FRAMES in careful dimensions to impregnate the variety of urban functions and programs into one dimension of architecture.


Collaboration with ISSHO, Shuji Tada(Structure)  Photo: Kouichi Torimura

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