ninkipen!: +
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jul 01, 2012
ninkipen!: +

‘+’ by yasuo imazu/ ninkipen!, kawasaki city, kanagawa, japan
image © hiroki kawata
all images courtesy of yasuo imazu/ ninkipen!




upon removing the old 30-year-old interior veneers and ceiling panels in this apartment in kawasaki city, japanese practice ninkipen! (yasuo imazu) uncovered the hidden construction that was to be exposed. the predominant feature of this restoration is seen almost immediately: two large crossing concrete beams that span the entire distance of the flat. the architects saw this as an opportunity to respect the newly discovered elements and begin a new language that incorporates all of the original load bearing structure with the new interior pieces; the rough texture of the massive concrete spines opposes the smooth reflective nature of the prismatic volume.

image © hiroki kawata

dining area and kitchen
image © hiroki kawata

image © hiroki kawata

living area
image © hiroki kawata

living area
image © hiroki kawata

living area from hallway
image © hiroki kawata

main hallway from the living area
image © hiroki kawata

hallway with longitudinal beam

transverse concrete beam

concrete crossbeam intersection
image © hiroki kawata

conserved pipes

diagram highlighting key spatial elements

floor plan perspective

project info:

project name: +
type: house
location: kawasaki city, kanagawa, japan
completion: 2012.4
construction: es co.,ltd
size: 73.6m2
photography: hiroki kawata

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