Wooden Forest Apartment / Ikeda Yukie Architects

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Architects: Ikeda Yukie Architects / Ikeda Yukie, Ohno Toshiharu
Location: Nakano, Tokyo,
Program: House, Apartment
Project Area: 118.5 sqm
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Koichi Torimura &

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Originally, the second floor was an old style Japanese lodging with several walls dividing the floor into tiny rooms. Since then, numerous renovations and extensions were carried out. Immediately prior to our joining the project, the second floor was used as a part of family house – a bit chaotic and still with a scattering of columns, remnants of the old walls.

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In order to comply with Japanese law, any changes to the structure of a wooden house situated in a fire protection area would require approval and take considerable time. The client was interested in a quicker turn-around and therefore we could not remove the all-too-many forest-like columns.

The remaining structures other than columns weren’t suitable to be seen. We started by wrapping them which allowed for the forest-like columns to stand out beautifully.

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To counteract the ‘busy-ness’ created the columns, we placed between them movable boxes which function both as storage and partition.

In order to minimize the other elements, we utilized white wrapping. This ultimately resulted in forest-like columns as colours seemingly floating in space.

Cite: "Wooden Forest Apartment / Ikeda Yukie Architects" 20 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Apr 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=35569>

8 comments

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    Extremely cool! What a simple and powerful thing! I liked how the pillars are very grouped at the center of the space, so the contrast between the “forest” and the white walls around seems to dilate the space… Well done!

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    I appreciate how effectively a compromise is turned into an interesting expressive element…Demonstrates how working within limitations provides opportunity to do somthing a little weird or awkward…rare thing in ground up buildings…fun. real.

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    How cool it is when something unexpected comes from a project or renovation and you end up incorporating it your plan to make into something completely different and yet, it works amazingly well here, those wooden posts look quite intriguing and fun. Very Good project. it may not be the great scream for architecture advancement but it sure is a fine example of a solution to a problem.

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