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klein dytham architecture: sasao house
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mar 19, 2012
klein dytham architecture: sasao house


‘sasao house’ by klein dytham architecture, shinjuku, tokyo, japan
image © kouichi torimura
all images courtesy of klein dytham architecture

a few blocks from the high-rises of shinjuku within the backstreets of a neighborhood in tokyo, japan is the ‘sasao house’,
a residence and restaurant completed by tokyo-based practice klein dytham architecture. resembling origami,
the faceted exterior is surfaced with a layer of trapezoidal metal shingles, maintaining a crisp white appearance within
the surrounding context of brown and gray structures. during the annual matsuri festival, the elevation serves as a blanched backdrop
for the colorful floats which participate in the parade.

addressing the corner site, a restaurant run by the homeowner is on the ground level with the family’s parents living in a unit on the second floor,
and double-storey lofted residences located on the second and third levels. the interior continues the clean white palette except for one
partition surfaced with vividly colored wallpaper, reflecting the dweller’s personality. a sloping roof creates a cave-like atmosphere while
large windows and terraces introduce abundant daylight into the space.


elevated perspective

image © kouichi torimura


residential side entry

image © kouichi torimura


kitchen

image © kouichi torimura


flat living space

image © kouichi torimura


stair to loft

image © kouichi torimura


view from apartment

image © kouichi torimura


interior at night

image © kouichi torimura


residential entry at night

image © kouichi torimura


restaurant entry at night

image © kouichi torimura


floor plan / level 0
1. restaurant A
2. kitchen
3. restaurant B
4. toilet


floor plan / level 1
5. flat A
6. flat B
7. kitchen
8. lavatory
9. bathroom
10. storage
11. terrace
12.toilet


floor plan / level 2
13. flat C
14. kitchen
15. bedroom
16. W.I.C.
17. lavatory
18. bathroom
19. toilet


floor plan / level 3
20. bedroom
21. terrace
22. void


section
1. restaurant
2. kitchen
3. restaurant B
4. toilet
10. storage
15. bedroom
16. W.I.C.
17. lavatory
20. bedroom
21. terrace


section
3. restaurant B
6. flat B
9. bathroom
10. storage
13. flat C
21. terrace


elevation


elevation


wall detail
1. galvalume steel sheet
2. tarpaulin
3. wooden fibre cement board
4. urethane foam
5. terrace opening
6. steel flower pot
7. steel channel
8. steel channel
9. structural beam
10. steel plate eaves
11. fixed glass frame
12. glass 8mm
13. plaster board
14. calcium silicate board
15. mortar
16. ceramic tile
17. steel deck
18. plaster board
19. mortar
20. PVC

project info:

location: nishi-shinjuku shinjuku-ku tokyo
principal use: restaurant + apartment
client: individual
architects: klein dytham architecture, astrid klein, mark dytham, yoshinori nishimura, ai yoshida 
structural engineer: nieda+hisaeda architecture. taizen nieda, taizo komatsu 
m&e engineer: eos plus, kazuhiro endo, sho takahashi – comodo, setsubi sekkei. naohisa yamashita
general contractor: nichinan tekko, tadashi kashima, tsuyoshi kagayama
site area: 72.16m2 
building area: 58.25m2
floor area total: 193.60m2
floor area by floor: 1f: 58.25m2 / 2f: 58.24m2 / 3f: 58.25m2 / 4f: 18.86m2
design period: nov. 2007 – jul. 2010
construction period:  jul. 2010 – jan. 2011
structure / story: steel / 1f-4f
exterior materials: hexagonal galvanized steel roofing and wall cladding with photocatalyst coating
interior materials: floors; mortar, wood, carpet tiles, walls; wallpaper on plasterboard

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