Site size: 806 square feet
Project size: 2,314 square feet
Program: The client requested a mixed-use building containing retail on the ground floor and living space above.
Location: A shopping street in downtown Tokyo that had been in decline is now undergoing a rapid transformation, with numerous building renovation and infrastructure projects under way, including widening the sidewalk.
Solution: The four-story building contains a noodle shop on the ground floor, the client's residence on the second floor, and a pair of duplex two-bedroom rental units on the third and fourth floors. The architects sought to create a 'moderate conspicuousness' for the building and designed a structure of black-painted, reinforced concrete. Windows angle out to provide texture and shadow.
Construction and materials: Reinforced concrete structure; aluminum window frames; teak and ash interior floors for the residences.
A101, 2-16-2 Shimoochiai, Shinjyuku-ku,
Tokyo, 161-0033, Japan
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Noodle shop entrance:
3F, 4F: residence flooring: clear coat teak, clear coat ash flooring