Renovation for T's Residence
A project to renovate a 40-year-old apartment in Tokyo.
It is a residence with a large terrace on the 5th floor, and like many Japanese apartments, it is a 3-bedroom plan sacrificing living room to maximize the number of rooms.
Since the client only needs 1 bedroom in his current life, we started designing from integrating rooms and creating a large LDK. Considering future marriage and additional family we proposed a movable bedroom closet that can create an extra room. But, we tried not to focus too much on the future life and not sacrifice the present life because it should be an important time now as in the future.
"Two circulation and Spatial expression of Japanese tea room door"
There is a large terrace facing the LDK and the bedroom on the plan, and by planning the terrace as an external living room, a circulation of LDK→Terrace→Bedroom→LDK will be created via the terrace. In addition to that, by passing from the bedroom to the entrance, another circulation (Bedroom→Entrance→LDK→Bedroom) is created. The two circulations that share the bedroom and the LDK create a highly flexible interior space.
In addition, the details of doors are designed and sized according to the purpose and location of each room or storage. Just as the doors and windows in the traditional Japanese tea room have different dimensions and designs such as tea ceremony entrance, serving entrance and stumbling block, the doors are devices that witness the special moment of opening the door, express characteristics of each space. It can be said that the doors and windows details perfectly express the properties of each space in Japanese tea room. By applying the method of the traditional Japanese tea room door to the project and changing the details of LDK, bedroom, WC, bathroom, storage and fittings, the special moment of opening the door between the spaces of different nature is emphasized. And, it enriches the spatial experience