MDS: tamaranzaka house
MDS: tamaranzaka house MDS: tamaranzaka house
oct 03, 2012
MDS: tamaranzaka house

‘tamaranzaka house’ by MDS, tokyo, japan
image © toshiyuki yano
all images courtesy of MDS

the ‘tamaranzaka house’ by tokyo-based practice MDS explores the habitation of typically ignored parts within a residential building
to maximize the high land prices of tokyo, japan alongside the decreasing size of structures to comply with stricter codes.
focusing upon the roof space above the ceiling and area under the floor. exposing the wooden framework of the two-storey structure
along with the voids between the horizontal planes produce a sense of texture and volume. a lounging room and workspace are recessed
into the lower carved portion while a dining area remains on an elevated platform. generated gaps between the raised floor and actual
floor plate become opportunities for storage.

visible from the approach to the dwelling, a single window within the solid concrete exterior reveals a desk and chair which has
been positioned to place a computer on the hardwood floor. placed above the attic’s rafters amidst the pitched ceiling,
a loft is filled with daylight through the nearby skylight.

ground level entry
image © toshiyuki yano

ground level bedroom
image © toshiyuki yano

stair to first level
images © toshiyuki yano

generated gaps become storage
images © toshiyuki yano

(left) recessed lounge area
(right) lifted platform creates voids above the floor plate
images © toshiyuki yano

living area
image © toshiyuki yano

(left) view to dining area from living area
(right) bathroom
images © toshiyuki yano

recessed workspace and kitchen
image © toshiyuki yano

view from recessed work space
image © toshiyuki yano

entry elevation
image © toshiyuki yano

(left) at night
(right) front window shows the working desk recessed into the floor plate
images © toshiyuki yano

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1


project info:

main use: house
site area: 82.79 m2
building area: 33.10m2
total floor area: 65.30 m2

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