Designer Keiji Ashizawa used muted tones to take advantage of the daylight on this house in central Tokyo, which options picket artwork items and furnishings that was specifically designed for the area.
For the Hiroo Residence, named after its location within the metropolis’s Hiroo neighbourhood, Ashizawa wished to underline the standard of the sunshine within the flat.
Within the open-plan kitchen and front room, gentle streams in from a balcony, and the designer took benefit of this gentle supply by making a cut-out wall in order that the sunshine carries by to the hallway subsequent to it.
„I feel you possibly can see we have now a really good daylight right here,“ he instructed Dezeen throughout a walkthrough of the house. „So I did not need to use white, as it could be too shiny – as a substitute I used muted, refined tones.“
He additionally wished Hiroo Residence to really feel like a peaceable place to come back dwelling to in a busy metropolis, utilizing pure supplies to create a relaxed atmosphere.
„Outdoors it is tremendous noisy however inside it’s totally quiet, so I selected muted tones that additionally fuse with the supplies; the wooden and the stone,“ Ashizawa mentioned.
The tranquil 200-square-metre house, which overlooks the Arisugawanomiya Memorial Park, has three bedrooms and two loos, in addition to a kitchen and eating space, a small workspace and loads of storage areas.
Earlier than designing the inside, Ashizawa modified the format of the flat to make it extra open, taking out an current hallway to create an even bigger eating area.
„Our objective was to design an area that may solely be created by meticulously crafting from the smallest element to the furnishings, leading to a quiet, comforting, and provoking ambiance with little noise, surrounded by pure supplies crafted with tactility,“ Ashizawa mentioned of the design.
He labored with the Japanese picket furnishings firm Karimoku on the challenge, which is the eighth in its Karimoku Case Examine sequence that sees it collaborate with architects on bespoke furnishings and inside initiatives.
Because of this, wooden was used all through Hiroo Residence, with white-stained oak overlaying most of the flooring.
Ashizawa additionally labored with Karimoku to create picket window frames and sliding doorways, which have been positioned all through the flat so as to add privateness with out taking over an excessive amount of area.
The furnishings matches the picket inside particulars and contains two items created particularly for the challenge – a sideboard with ornamental picket slats and a eating chair with a woven seat that was impressed by each Shaker designs and traditional Scandinavian chairs.
Within the bed room of Hiroo Residence, picket wall panels add a tactile and extra pure really feel, which is echoed within the built-in cabinets and drawers within the en-suite walk-in closet.
Cupboards have been additionally used to cover totally different features within the kitchen, the place a big picket unit takes up a whole wall.
Even smaller particulars within the flat, such because the lengthy kitchen lamp, have been made out of the fabric.
Karimoku has labored with Ashizawa on a variety of initiatives, together with its second showroom which simply opened in Kyoto, Japan, and the Azabu Residence Case Examine, the place the designer referenced mid-century American design.
The pictures is by Tomooki Kengaku.