furuya design lifts upper level of japanese house to form sheltered balcony
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sitting on a corner spot in the area of ota in tokyo, furuya design have renovated and designed a three-storey tenement house that simultaneously hosts a café and store. the building sits in a prominent location where the town begins and adjacent to an alleyway where many people living in the neighborhood frequent.
one of the interesting elements is the balcony which sits sandwiched in-between the first and third floor. manifested as an outdoor sheltered space, wooden beams seemingly support the lifted volume where tables and chairs have been organised for inhabitants to make use of.
a balcony wraps round the core of the building, sheltered by the lifted upper floor
with the store and café on the ground level, the shared space encourages a sense of community and socialization within the neighborhood. the upper level hosts modest sized apartment with the store storage based in an attic-like space. the dwelling leads onto the terrace space which looks down upon the alleyway and the adjacent residences.
the balcony looks onto an alleyway which is a popular route into the neighborhood
a look inside the apartment space based on the top floor
the ground floor hosts a store and café space