be fun design + EANA: outdoors indoors
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nov 14, 2011
be fun design + EANA: outdoors indoors


‘outdoors indoors’ by be-fun design + EANA in shinagawa, tokyo, japan
all images courtesy be-fun design
image © hiroyuki hirai

japanese architecture practice be-fun design (tsuyoshi shindo) has collaborated with kohei iwasaki
and tota abe of EANA to design ‘outdoors indoors’, a small two-storey dwelling for a couple in
shinagawa-ku, tokyo, japan. aiming to create a space that honestly reflected the clients’ activity-driven
lifestyles, the design features a vertically-open communal area that is topped off by a rock-climbing cove.


within context
image © hiroyuki hirai

situated on a residential plot measuring approximately 36 m2, the exterior form lends no views
of the interior from the street level. the free-standing volume maintains the height and scale of
the surrounding structures while contrasting the area’s palette with its white modern finish.
the roof features a slightly smaller form that steps in from the perimeter to create strips of
sky lights for the level below.


street elevation
image © hiroyuki hirai

starting with a partially-sunken in ‘warehouse’ level, the layout revolves around a central bathroom
which sits elevated on a storage unit. bands of void space above the staircase ensure natural sunlight
to the lower levels of the house. arranged as one open space, the kitchen, living, and dining room are
located on the second floor which opens up to a generous stretch of glazing and terrace. the rock climbing
wall leads up to a subtly tapering form which hovers over the communal area. playful and contrasting
in its presence, the hollowed volume connects to a small rooftop terrace which can be accessed by
a climbing ladder.


from terrace
image © hiroyuki hirai


(left) interior view of living room
(right) panels of structural glass in floor

images © hiroyuki hirai


from kitchen
image © hiroyuki hirai


image © hiroyuki hirai


views of rock-climbing wall
images © hiroyuki hirai


sky lights
image © hiroyuki hirai


washroom
image © hiroyuki hirai


stairway
image © hiroyuki hirai


(left) ‘warehouse’ level
(right) leading up to living/dining/kitchen
images © hiroyuki hirai


view of ‘warehouse’ level from washroom
image © hiroyuki hirai


front elevation at night
image © hiroyuki hirai


image © hiroyuki hirai


3D model of exterior


interior render


floor plan / level 0
(1) doma
(2) bathroom
(3) storage room



floor plan / level +1
(4) living room
(5) kitchen
(6) engawa


floor plan / roof level


longitudinal section
(1) doma
(3) storage room
(4) living room
(6) engawa


cross section
(2) bathroom
(4) living room


structural diagram

project info:

site area: 68.25 m2
building surface: 36 m2
total floor surface: 72 m2
storeys: 2
structural material: wood

architects: tsuyoshi shindo / be-fun design + kohei iwasaki, tota abe /EANA
structural design: kenji nawa
construction: heiseikensetu

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