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  7. Modelia Days Nakanobu / Ryuichi Sasaki / Sasaki Architecture + Rieko Okumura/Atelier O

Modelia Days Nakanobu / Ryuichi Sasaki / Sasaki Architecture + Rieko Okumura/Atelier O

  • 05:00 - 17 June, 2016
Modelia Days Nakanobu / Ryuichi Sasaki / Sasaki Architecture + Rieko Okumura/Atelier O
Modelia Days Nakanobu  / Ryuichi Sasaki / Sasaki Architecture  + Rieko Okumura/Atelier O, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Bauhaus Neo © Bauhaus Neo + 15

  • Light Design

    Natsuha Kameoka / Lighting Sou
  • Contractor

    MAGOME CONSTRUCTION Company
  • Building Management

    ALPHA MANAGEMENT & PARTNERS CO.,LTD.
  • Client

    SHUKO KENSETSU Co.,LTD
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© Bauhaus Neo
© Bauhaus Neo

From the architect. The building sits in a neighbourhood shopping lane in Nakanobu, just south to the central district of Tokyo. The town is a mixture of old and new. A grandma’s confectionary and a jazz festival, pensioners among young couples, all share the same streets happily together. The site locates itself in the vicinity of a newsstand, a bathhouse and alike. In order to fit in to this yet humble liveliness of the town, the building’s scale is restrained to those of the neighbouring buildings, 4 stories with only 12 units.

Plan / Elevation
Plan / Elevation

The skewed arrangement of the openings on the façade, concentrated at the bottom and spread gradually up, is to give a floating feel and to reduce massive weightiness of the concrete. A pathway secures an appropriate distance from merely 6m-wide busy lane on the front, giving privacy to the secluded entrance. 

© Bauhaus Neo
© Bauhaus Neo

Interior is composed solely of exposed concrete and plain white walls in simplest possible details. Planning as well as design aims thorough simplicity: a set of modest independent walls replaces a closet; one tap serves cooking and handwashing. These propose minimal form of a collective dwelling, life unreliant on products, richness of not having. Minimalism here is in direct connection with the way of living.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

The few elements left, on the other hand, are designed to stimulate new ideas for habitation. The storage walls, without limitation in usage, can be a perfect fit for a cosy den. The large concrete kitchen counter, a desk. Simplicity when resolute, gives out a new flexibility.

Every single opening is square-shaped. Square is the purest, most primitive form of an opening when thinking outside modernist-style conventions such as verticality or horizontality. Every space inside and outside is rhythmically connected to each other through or across these square, pure openings.  

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

Windows in particular are planned to mediate or control interpenetration between <inside - simple, minimal> and <outside – lively bustle>. A colourful vigour of the shopping lane, trimmed with square openings and arranged on the interior wall, turns into a muffled, controlled scene. Shaped view of the city becomes the only ornamental element inside. 

Galvanized steel window frames cast varying shadows to add a non-uniform expression on the facade, emerging as distinctive icons in the cityscape. These reflect outside activity back into the room, again adding variety to the view to the city.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Modelia Days Nakanobu / Ryuichi Sasaki / Sasaki Architecture + Rieko Okumura/Atelier O" 17 Jun 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/789585/modelia-days-nakanobu-ryuichi-sasaki-sasaki-architecture-plus-rieko-okumura-atelier-o/>
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