House in Hakusan 2

Purpose: Residence
Location: Bunkyo area, Tokyo
Completion: Decr 2023
Lighting Design: ModuleX
Cooperation: Atelier Salt (Yoji Fujiwara)
Photo: Takaaki Ito

This is a description of a project to plan a unit within a newly constructed condominium in Hakusan, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo. The owner, having previously resided in a residence we designed, has entrusted us with their second project.

The owner desires a functional and spacious yet modern and uncluttered living environment, where tranquility is paramount and lines of sight remain undisturbed.

Given the high land prices in the area and the focus on profitability, the design emphasizes low ceiling heights and maximizing the number of floors. Consequently, each floor’s structure is complex with limited natural light.

The planning process began by organizing and harmonizing these elements.

To mitigate the impact of low ceilings, we opted for hand-finished plaster walls to blend seamlessly with the surroundings. Furniture and flooring, serving as partitions, employ similar tones to minimize visual disruption. Though closely resembling each other in color, the subtle variations in hue and texture create a warm ambiance, while the arrangement introduces depth and subtle boundaries within the space.

While ensuring private spaces for each family member, the design facilitates a gentle flow between living areas, allowing occupants to subtly sense each other’s presence and comfortably coexist.