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komada architects office: BASE house, tokyo
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feb 19, 2013
komada architects office: BASE house, tokyo


 
‘BASE house’ by komada architects, tokyo, japan
image © toshihiro
all images courtesy of komada architects office

 

 

continuing to push the boundaries of small-footprint living spaces, tokyo-based architects takeshi and yuka komada have recently designed
‘BASE house’ in response to both the mixed-use needs of the client and the imposing height regulations of setagaya-ku, the largest of the special
wards that comprise the most populous municipality of tokyo. the live-work space is built over a slight 33 square meter site and consolidates an
office and two levels of dwellings by brilliantly piercing the floor planes with ladders and spiral stairs. the impressively compact circulation is
meticulously vertical and layered, such that maximum volume is allowed. while the art event planning office opens out to the public street,
a careful composition of apertures serves to extend the home out to the sky and city-scape while giving the impression of wider lateral room. 

 

 


the angled top level allows ample light with generous windows
image © toshihiro

 

 

 

 

‘BASE house’ by komada architects, tokyo, japan
image © toshihiro


 

 

(left): spiral staircases are a form of small-footprint circulation
(right): a network of ladders and apertures seemingly amplify the dimensions of the rooms
image © toshihiro

 

 

 

movement is oriented vertically to make the best use of overhanging spaces
image © toshihiro

 

 

 

a view into the bathroom
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the clients’s art event planning office is open to the street
image © toshihiro

 

 

 

(left): a dusk view of the first floor office
(right): the house in the urban context
image © toshihiro

 

 

 

 

the home uses strategic fenestration to open the compact space out to the city.
image © toshihiro

 

 

 

floor plan level 0

 

 


floor plan level 1

 

 

plan loft level

 

 

floor plan level 2

 

 

short section

 

 

transverse section

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