A mixed-use shophouse consisting of a fashion boutique, an office, and the owner’s family residence in Nakameguro, Tokyo. A subtle but extruded slab line on the third floor, which we symbolically called “OBI” (meaning kimono belt), differentiates the ever-changing world of commerce below and the space for the family of the local Nakameguro lineage above. The building volumes are mediated by the zoning code, and the setback restrictions create rather awkward slopes. The design transforms the restrictions into an elegant standing pose of the building profile by modulating the gradual setbacks of the front facade along with the open balconies and large windows.


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

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