ON design partners: what categorizes the city and me
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dec 18, 2012
ON design partners: what categorizes the city and me


‘what categorizes the city and me’ by ON design partners, tokyo, japan
image © koichi torimura
all images courtesy of ON design partners

 

 

japanese studio ON design partners has recently finished the private residence titled ‘what categorizes the city and me’ in chofu, tokyo, on the threshold
of a dense park with a small shrine. the archetypical house typology in section is divided into a mosaic of stacked spaces, extruded to create shelf-like
structures that are completely open to the front and back of the house, forming a slightly differing relationship between the user and the town in each room.
the entry level is set below grade and contains the studio and coat room, with access to the back yard. the first floor has a bedroom, kitchen and a section
characterized by tatami mats. the final storey is a mezzanine level looking out over the kitchen area and houses the children’s room, with access to the rooftop
terrace. the structure consists of stacked masonry concrete block, beveled at the ends and capped with large glass panels that show the delineation of each room
on the exterior. the interior is coated in smooth neutral-toned plaster contrasted by dark wood floors, wall panels, and furniture.

 

 


(left) front elevation with semi-basement
(right) entry garden
images © koichi torimura

 

 


back elevation facing the park
image © koichi torimura

 

 


entry deck
image © koichi torimura

 

 


studio/storage
image © koichi torimura

 

 


entry corridor
image © koichi torimura

 

 


image © koichi torimura

 

 


tatami room
image © koichi torimura

 

 


dining area
image © koichi torimura

 

 


kitchen and tatami room
image © koichi torimura

 

 


kitchen
image © koichi torimura

 

 


master bedroom and bathroom
image © koichi torimura

 

 


kids room from the rooftop deck entrance
image © koichi torimura

 

 


kid’s bedroom
image © koichi torimura

 

 


mezzanine level
image © koichi torimura

 

 


rooftop terrace
image © koichi torimura

 

 


image © koichi torimura

 

 


image © koichi torimura

 

 


image © koichi torimura

 

 


site plan

 

 


floor plan / level 0

 

 


floor plan / level 1

 

 


floor plan / level 2

 

 


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concept sketch

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