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Toshiyuki Yano

N Flat

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Design Team: Koen Klinkers, Will Galloway

Like most new apartments in Tokyo this one began as a series of closed rooms, slightly paranoid and inward looking, absolutely functional; connected by a perfunctory hallway, ceilings shifting only to manage the hvac equipment and the structure.

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Toshiyuki Yano

Without changing the plan itself we were asked to create something like a new skin for the modest flat that would erase these generic spaces and create something like a home that the owners could recognize as uniquely their own.

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Toshiyuki Yano

This idea of erasure is an important one, and suitable to our times, when architecture has lost its trust in spectacle and indulgence. In such a small space, and with no direct connection to the outside world, a kind of dissolved form offers depth where none exists. Building on this starting point the design is simple and reduced to a series of plywood sheets, layered and repeated horizontally and vertically to create a smooth movement between spaces. On a practical level these added planes make sense of the abrupt changes in ceiling height left over from the original plan, turn a door-lined hallway into a procession, and form a backdrop that emphasizes the singular view to the large park outside.

photo_credit Toshiyuki Yano
Toshiyuki Yano

Hardware and mechanical systems are built into the wooden additions, while switches and other architectural features are used to form a simple design language to create a more contemplative atmosphere for the owners.

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Toshiyuki Yano

 

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