sinato reorganizes tama N apartment with interior facade sinato reorganizes tama N apartment with interior facade
nov 12, 2013

sinato reorganizes tama N apartment with interior facade

sinato reorganizes tama N apartment with interior facade
photo by takumi ota
all images courtesy of sinato

 

 

 

japanese design studio sinato has renovated a twenty-five year old apartment in tokyo. ‘tama N’, a home for a married couple, transforms conventional living quarters into a series of functional and elegant spaces, defined by a single wooden wall.

 

 


the dining area of the home

 

 

 

the partition, inserted throughout the entire length of the unit, assigns each area of the residence its own distinct character, relating to the way it will be occupied and used by its inhabitants. perceptions of individual and collective space are further changed through the various openings in the wall’s façade.

 

 


the brightly lit tatami space and more private lounge area

 

 

 

the previously dark and unwelcoming entrance has been extended, with a lowered floor stretching laterally, allowing natural light to enter through an adjacent window. importantly, the new design provides views of external foliage, forging a closer relationship with nature.

 

 


the partition assigns each area of the residence its own distinct character

 

 


view of the dining area from the kitchen

 

 


the rear of the apartment is bathed in natural light

 

 


the secluded lounge area

 

 


the residence’s washroom

 

 


looking from the kitchen towards the bathroom area

 

 


the entrance has been extended allowing natural light to enter through an adjacent window

 

 

 


floorplan showing the new wall, and the subsequent division of space

 

 

 

model showing spatial relationships within the design

 

project info:

 

designer: chikara ohno
type: private residence
size: 80.73 sqm (869 sqf)
location: tama-shi, tokyo, japan
completed: 2012

 

construction: yoshinaga industrial
lighting: FDS
photography: takumi ota

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