be fun design: attic house be fun design: attic house
jul 23, 2012

be fun design: attic house

‘attic house’ by be-fun design, tokyo, japan all images courtesy of be-fun design

japanese practice be-fun design has recently completed ‘attic house’, a 9 family residential block in tokyo, japan. positioned perpendicular to the main road, inhabitants access their individual dwelling from a row of paired portals within an alley. every other door leads into four two-storey homes are entered directly at street level, while the intermediary four require residents to climb a spiral staircase to reach the two-storey units positioned above the ground level residences. due to the site’s size, a last leftover dwelling breaks the alternating pattern and spans all four floors.

(left) street view (right) alley view images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

images © hiroyuki hirai

sectional perspectives

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

elevation

  • inhuman dwellings. Unbelievable that people accept living in such conditions, in such rich countries.

    archic says:
  • It’s a curious strategy, to create thumbnail apartments, out of which a large portion of precious floor space is cut out in semi circular voids, reducing the apartment to an elaborate circulation space…but then I suppose it resolved the need to stand up straight once in a while, without going outside; still, it would have been nice to finally arrive at a place.

    On the positive side, at least this piece continues the conversation about space minimums, and what it might mean to re-establish what may have become dated standards. I notice, for instance, a renewed interest in small spaces due to the economic crunch, and the attendant search for living space solutions…reduced space not the least of them.

    Chaszr says:
  • TOKYO is crazy city.I can’t this way.

    5ban says:
  • I would not, I repeat would not, want to be a wheelchair user in Japan. Madness!

    BL says:
  • …not to mention how weird it is to place (closed) service functions such as bathtubs/kitchens/toilets along the facades, making the living areas even darker and diminishing the view outside. Unbelievable that this actually gets built!

    aP. says:

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