MDS: mejiro house
MDS: mejiro house MDS: mejiro house
oct 05, 2012
MDS: mejiro house

‘mejiro house’ by MDS, tokyo, japan
image © toshiyuki nano

the ‘mejiro house’ by japanese firm MDS blocks unwanted views from onlookers while maintaining a light-filled interior
within the densely populated downtown of tokyo, japan. when viewed from the street, a cast concrete volume rests
above a first level garage and entry. a solid privacy wall capped with plants mediates the public zone and property,
concealing a double-storey courtyard which carves into the earth. daylight can then enter the living spaces in the basement
and ground levels through a wall of transparent glass while maintaining privacy from passersby and neighboring homes.

two entries from private lanes lead inhabitants into a gallery like corridor that wraps the main stairwell. bands of glass and concrete
partitions at alternating heights control outward and interior views. this area becomes a middle ground between the urban
streetscape and interior, as well as the illuminated and open public zone and private family rooms on the upper floor. a strip of skylights
brings abundant illumination from overhead, reflecting off the white walls to filter downward through the home.

a hedge wall in front of the facade protects a double story courtyard from onlookers
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image © toshiyuki nano

front door
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view of the glass-enclosed double-storey interior beyond the hedge wall
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basement level living spaces
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kitchen + dining area
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view towards light well from kitchen
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view towards living area from light well
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living room
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street level hedge wall blocks views from neighboring homes
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image © toshiyuki nano

stair to ground level
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view from stair
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stair to first floor from ground level
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ground level corridor
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first floor
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site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level -1


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