Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Site Size: 710 square feet
Project Size: 690 square feet (2 stories)
Program: The compact site, located along on a narrow, one-lane street, is situated in a relatively verdant residential district in Tokyo in a neighborhood that contains a mixture of detached houses and low-rise condominiums.
Solution: The two-story wood structure, completed in April 2011, has a gabled roof typical of the neighborhood. On the first floor, large windows incised in the wood-clad walls offer generous views of nearby trees. Plywood sheaths the interior walls and gives the open-plan space a sense of intimacy.
One half of the second floor contains two bedrooms, a bath, and a narrow, south-facing outdoor terrace. The other half, devoted to a study, has a slatted floor of two-by-threes with 1.18-inch gaps. The open slots allow residents to catch glimpses of activity below and make it possible for daylight to permeate the two floors.
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Metal frame: Aluminum skylight (R-Engineering)
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Wooden closet (Lauan plywood)
Paints and stains: Oil stain
Paneling: Lauan Plywood t=3mm
Floor: Quartzite (ADVAN:ED-1355/Living,Lavatory)
Resilient flooring: SPF flooring (Study), Lauan plywood t=12mm (multi-layered/Bedroom)