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tokyo steel house by MDS built from a system of metal plates
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nov 28, 2012
tokyo steel house by MDS built from a system of metal plates


‘tokyo steel house’ by MDS, tokyo, japan
image © hiroshi ueda
all images courtesy of MDS

 

 

situated on a slender 5 meter by 16 meter plot, the ‘tokyo steel house’ by local practice MDS is a metal skeleton sitting on a reinforced concrete
foundation that holds the subterranean garage. four floors are located within the steel construction, supported by composite steel beams sandwiched
within wooden planks. the interior spaces are mostly all connected, functioning as a large continuous space, which helps regulate interior temperatures
with the thin timber panel finish acting as the only insulation, with a total wall thickness of 100 mm. an double-layered expanded metal wall represents
the southern facade, together with a roof terrace and atrium plenty of light can get into the structure while obscuring visibility from the street.
interior materials contrast the cold exterior appearance, with softer rubber tiles and tatami mats regulating the proportions of the separate functions inside.
the construction was made to adapt to any environment, maximizing floor area on smaller site due to the thinness of the exterior envelope, using material
properties and internal volume to regulate temperatures passively.

 

 


(left) approach
(right) detail of the expanded metal screens
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


expanded metal southern facade with operable windows
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


continuous interior space delineated by tatami proportions
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


interior
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


light stairs supported on thin metal dowels
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


living room
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


(left) bathroom
(right) view from the top floor terrace
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


construction of the thin metal envelope
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


wood planks flank the thin metal joists
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


floor construction
image © hiroshi ueda

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


floor plan / level 2

 

 


floor plan / level -1

 

 


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project info:

 

location: minato-ku, tokyo
principal use: residence
structure: steel
site area: 84.23m2
total floor area: 154.44m2 (49.90m2/1f, 49.14m2/2f, 31.68m2/3f, 23.72m2/b1f)
exterior finish: galvanized color steel sheet standing-seam roofing , expanded metal fence
roof: galvanized color steel sheet standing-seam roofing
floor: rubber tile, tatami
wall: steel plate
ceiling: acrylic emulsion paint + plaster board

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