house nw by miyara architect office
all photos by mitsumasa fujitsuka
‘house NW’ by japanese practice miyahara architect office is a five-level residential
dwelling in nerima-ku, tokyo. constructed out of reinforced concrete, the design aims
to provide a better experience for the individual by establishing various communication
levels for each area of the house.
in typical japanese fashion, the project sits on a plot measuring just 43 m2 with built
establishments on either sides. the exterior concrete is coated with black lean-mix
acrylic paint resulting in a mottled effect to the textured surface. the finish continues
to the gable roof, providing a crisp iconic silhouette to the design.
(left) horse-chestnut front door
(right) door and walls of the music room, made from honeycomb structure fibre reinforced plastics
in order to create a sense of connection with the local community, the first and second levels
of the house hosts programs that are dedicated to serving a group of people: the music room
first greets the visitors on the ground floor and the library above, with the domestic spaces
starting on the third level. a glass door on the fourth level leads to the bedroom and bathroom
while a floating perforated metal staircase provides access to a japanese tea room on the uppermost storey.
third level: bathroom and bedroom
perforated metal staircase
careful choice of materials compliment each space, creating a distinct identity
for all the rooms: the doors and walls of the music room are made with fibre reinforced
plastics (FRP) done in a honeycomb pattern, providing an amber glow to the interior.
floors range from japanese cherry birch to bare concrete precast that resemble cedar boards,
defining the atmosphere of each program.
detail of finishes
exterior at night