Smooth Wall House

Smooth Wall House

Architect
Suzuki Architects
Location
Tokyo, Japan | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Private Houses
Kenta Hasegawa

Smooth Wall House

Suzuki Architects as Architects

For this condominium renovation, the client requested an open and bright space to use as a second home, studio, and gallery. We faced two design problems. First, due to the long, narrow layout that emphasized efficient use of space, the entryway was dark. Second, the windows could not be modified because they are considered shared property belonging to the building as a whole, which made creating an open-feeling space difficult. We responded by installing a curving wooden wall throughout the length of the apartment from the entryway to the balcony, bringingelements of the exterior inside through the wall’s reflective surface and thereby making the entire space open and bright.

 

On the living-dining room side, the wall surface is made of linden plywood with a glossy finish for reflectivity. Sunlight and exterior scenery are mirrored on the wood, turning it into an abstract plane that melds easily into everyday life and provides a sense of the outdoor environment. On the bedroom side, the wall is finished with a non-reflective covering. The small, arched glass door to the bedroom limits visual information from the outside, contributing to the calm atmosphere.

 

Although condominiums like this one tend to feel cut off from the outdoors, we brought in hints of that exterior world to create a space where residents are able to live in relationship with the outside environment.

 

Material Used :
1. ioc – Flooring - oak06 oil finish
2. GUBI – Lighting - Semi Pendant - 60cm diameter
3. KOIZUMI – Lighting - arkia Down Light 
4. WEST – door handle - 946 Push Pull Handle
5. WEST – furniture knob - 63P Furniture Knob
6. Curve wall - plywood

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Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrand
946 Push Pull Handle, 63P Furniture KnobWEST inx Ltd.
Lighting - Semi Pendant - 60cm diameterGUBI
Flooring - oak06 oil finishIOC
Lighting - arkia Down Light KOIZUMI Lighting Technology
Product Spec Sheet
946 Push Pull Handle, 63P Furniture Knob
Lighting - Semi Pendant - 60cm diameter
by GUBI
Flooring - oak06 oil finish
by IOC
Lighting - arkia Down Light
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