aat+makoto yokomizo architects: kes
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dec 08, 2010
aat+makoto yokomizo architects: kes


‘kes’ by aat+makoto yokomizo architects in shinjuku, japan
all images courtesy aat+makoto yokomizo architects

‘kes’ by tokyo-based firm aat+makoto yokomizo architects is a multi-storey
studio apartment complex in shinjuku, japan. featuring a communal
motorcycle garage on the ground level, the street facade of the apartment
is highly transparent, putting each unit’s activity on a composite display.


view towards the elevated bathroom

given that the units are designated an exceptionally small area, the design
aims to use the available space in an efficient manner while still creating
an open atmosphere. by pushing the ceiling height to 3.4 m, the domestic space
is negotiated on a vertical plane. the washroom, a glass-encased strip with
a bathtub, sink, and toilet, rests on an elevated platform, creating free space
beneath for the inhabitant’s individual use. the kitchen and dining zone benefits
from the floor-to-ceiling windows in expanding the space. subtle round edges
are employed for the walls to trick the eye into making corners look undefined
and infinite.


views of bathroom


kitchen and dining


(left) street level entrance
(right) stairs up to a unit


street facade


ground level motorcycle garage

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