Triplex House in Nakano / LEVEL Architects

© Kai Nakamura

Architects: LEVEL Architects
Location: Tokyo,
Project Year: 338.55 sqm
Project Area: 2010
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

This project is a multiplex house that is composed of a basement floor plus 3 stories more. The children’s room is on the first floor, while the parents is on the second floor and the grandmother has her space on the third floor. In the basement there is a training room for Kendo, which is a common hobby for the family.

© Kai Nakamura

The basic structural form of the house is a box frame type with reinforced concrete construction. The courtyard, which passes through the four stories, opens the space allowing light from the outside to filter through. Due to the facade design, the mosaic of cut , a strong and weighty feature, appears weightless as if floating over the parking area. The stones also work to add texture and color to the RC walls.

© Kai Nakamura

On the second floor, there is an open living room facing the courtyard and is near the bedroom. In the courtyard, there is a nice grassy area where the clients pet dog is free to play. On the third floor the grandmother’s space is barrier-free with a bathroom that is easily assesible from the living and the bedroom. The spacious deck terrace offers nice views of the urban landscape.

Cite: "Triplex House in Nakano / LEVEL Architects" 15 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <>
  • Archreviewer

    There’s something about these houses that makes me feel that designing through models in cardboard and foamboard is a terrible idea.

    There’s no reason a few columns couldn’t be put at the front of the house – where’s the movement between public and private? It’s in the 50mm of the front door.