A mixed-use shophouse building consists of a fashion boutique, an office, and the owner’s family residence, located in Nakameguro, Tokyo. A subtle but the extruded slab line on the third floor, we originally call ‘OBI’ (means belt), differentiates the ever-changing world of commerce below and the space for the family of local Nakameguro lineage above. The building volumes are mediated by the building code, the restrictions for the setbacks generate rather awkward inclinations. The design turns the restrictions into an elegant standing pose of the building profile by modulating the gradual setbacks of the frontal facade along with the open balconies and large windows.



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

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