Tokyo is a city known for mixing the old and the new – architectural remains are still planted where they have been since their construction centuries ago, while ultramodern skyscrapers and towers bloom between temples and temples. cracks in the old sidewalk. Tokyo is as resilient and ever-changing as a city can be. An ode to the multifaceted and evolving landscape of Tokyo, Unemori Architects built House Tokyo, a tiny 50 m2 house set in a narrow alley.
The house was built with a main floor above ground and a lower basement parked one meter below the ground. The home’s simple floor plan keeps the bedroom and bathroom in the semi-basement, while the ground floor opens up to the dining and living areas, implementing high ceilings due to the additional headroom granted by embedding the basement below ground level. With such a large internal volume, the tiny house in the side lanes of Tokyo has high ceilings ranging from 1.9 meters to 4.7 meters in height.
Uneven cubic roof levels punctuate large windows that act to increase the home’s overall living space, providing views both of the open sky as well as the busy city streets. Constructed from wood, House Tokyo features corrugated steel panels on its exterior which gives the house a distinctive industrial look. Inside, sunlight enters the house through its many windows and illuminates the interior walls of the Tokyo house made up of different finishes and layers.
Home to a 40-year-old city worker couple, House Tokyo was built as a temporary abode to accommodate the couple before they return to the countryside where they will join their parents in rural life. In Tokyo, the couple enjoy their city lifestyle, often going to public baths and restaurants. To provide access to Tokyo’s more urban wonders, Unemori Architects built the Tokyo house to be both open and compact, designing the house for the couple to fully enjoy city life before returning to the countryside.
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Wrapped in corrugated steel panels, House Tokyo features a distinctive industrial look.
Inside, sunlight bounces off natural wood accents and off-white plaster walls.
Large windows and warm tiled floors complete the sophisticated minimalist interior design.
The ground floor above the semi-basement of the Tokyo house houses the dining and kitchen areas of the house.
The multi-level roofs provide access to different terraces throughout the house, giving access to skylights and city views.
Downstairs, in the semi-basement, the residents of the house can find the bathroom and the laundry room.
Located just outside the basement bathroom and laundry room, the couple can find their master bedroom.