atelier bow wow: split machiya
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jul 05, 2011
atelier bow wow: split machiya


‘split machiya’ by atelier bow wow, shinjuku, tokyo, japan
images © manuel oka

japanese practice atelier bow wow has created ‘split machiya’, a private home for a couple and a single woman in tokyo, japan.
sited within a densely populated neighborhood, the dwelling is composed of two mirrored structures, loosely connected by a
lush central courtyard.


(left) living room with view towards second structure
(right) living room with view towards kitchen and stairway

informed by the confined plot of land, the residences feature compact
and split level designs aimed at generating a visually
open and integrated living environment. similar in organization, the homes each consist of modest and private spaces accordingly
hosted on two and a half floors. exposed wooden beams accommodate built in shelves and work stations, relieving the rooms of
clutter and excess adornment.


living room and kitchen

the pitched roof form is translated inside to further emphasize the expansion of space, while skylights introduce additional

natural light and ventilation into the dwelling. four large windows are
aligned on the second-storey to create a continuous
sightline between both the residences and the contrasting surrounding landscape.


living room and courtyard


(left) bedroom
(right) office


office


backyard


second storey of second home, looking back onto the couple’s residence


the aligned red roofs of the dwellings stand out in the congested skyline

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