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
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‘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. 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.

view towards the elevated bathroom

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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