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Ugly Office Building is Renovated into an Airy Japanese Live/Work

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What a unique idea: climbing on a centrally placed boxy piece of furniture to get up to the bright day light of the upper floor.
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Making the furniture/staircase a beautiful piece of furniture in its own right makes the strange idea feel legitimate.

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This box shape in the middle of the open space seems almost as if it was cut from the floor above.

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The storage box-stair accessing the top floor is the central conceit in the renovation of an old Tokyo office building, by Torafu Architects.

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Before conversion, the 40 year old spaces were poky and dark, with tiny partitions cutting off the daylight all around the building.

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Now the morning sun streams right in to the library/work area in a flexible loft-type space that also hosts the dressing room and sleeping.

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In traditional Japanese style, for sleeping: a tatami mat is rolled out on the floor at night and is just completely packed away in the morning.

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Upstairs, the public spaces are even more light-filled, drinking in light with windows on all four sides.

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The huge square opening means the maximum light from all these windows pours down the stairwell, illuminating the 2nd floor.

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The kitchen and dining room are on the top floor. Beneath the kitchen, on the sleeping floor is the bathroom, not shown.

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Access to a balcony seen on the left here relieves the claustrophobia that bedevils city dwellers.

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The design succeeds because it creates open airy spaces on both floors – in marked contrast to the poky spaces that were here before this renovation, and also compared to the cramped apartments of surrounding Tokyo.

Via Arch Daily with photos by Daici Ano

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One comment so far to “Ugly Office Building is Renovated into an Airy Japanese Live/Work”
  1. uli Says:

    great house!

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