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naruse inokuma architects + hiroko karibe architects: setagaya flat
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jul 25, 2011
naruse inokuma architects + hiroko karibe architects: setagaya flat


‘setagaya flat’ by naruse inokuma architects + hiroko karibe architects
images © masao nishikawa

japanese architects jun inokuma of naruse inokuma and hiroko karibe have completed a renovation of their flat in setagaya, tokyo, japan.
faced with the inability to substantially alter the structural arrangement, the duo relied on modest but fundamental improvements to the
programatic organization, and surface level cosmetic changes. delicately balancing new and old, the design seeks to emphasize the
previously hidden characteristics of both preceding inhabitants and the original framework.


entrance

ordered around a central corridor, the residence consists of defined yet intersecting environments, whose planes and textures
appear to slightly overlap.


main corridor

the walls were stripped back to expose the rough and imperfect concrete shell, revealing at the same time layers of plasterwork

and wallpaper. additional putty was applied in the same manner as the
original to emphasize the tactility and contrast of  materials.


atelier

panels of larch plywood define the transition between each environment while adding a sense of warmth to the otherwise cool

and neutral space.


tatami room

large windows line the north side of the unit, flooding the home with vast amounts of natural light.


view into kitchen, living room and dining room

in the kitchen, open shelves and storage emphasize the relaxed and minimal approach to design.


plaster and glue covered some of the original concrete walls, and was discovered after layers of wallpaper were removed


living room and dining room


(left) detail of overlapping materials
(right) detail of open kitchen


overall view of kitchen


floor plan / level 0


(left) before
(right) after

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