404 minimum apartment in tokyo uses movie set technique for optical expansion

404 minimum apartment in tokyo uses movie set technique for optical expansion

404 tokyo apartment makes full use of its minimum area

 

‘404’ is a renovation solution by Suguru Fukuda for space utilization in a minimum apartment in Tokyo. The project aimed to create a sense of space greater than the actual area. With balconies on both the north and south sides, the layout was arranged in favor of maintaining views through the openings and increasing the natural light in the interior. The main plan of bedrooms and bathrooms is built around a large hall functioning as a common area. 

Being the most important unit of the layout, the hall covers the largest part in a long and narrow set-up. Cherry-blossom-colored wall panels embed the surfaces of the tunnel-like room.

404 minimum apartment in tokyo uses movie set technique for optical expansion
all images by Yuta Itagaki / Kiengi

 

 

panels in cherry blossom color hide rooms and fitted furniture

 

The cherry-blossom cladding besides dividing the rooms from the hall, also, works as fixtures, decorations, and furniture that can be stored or displayed in different positions. The identical components hide features that extend beyond the wall surface. The idea of an extension behind the main area of the plan feeds the perception of a bigger space. In the same way, applying 18.5 cm doors and panels, below the average of a typical door, expands the sense of height in the rest of the room. The designer followed a 16:9 ratio, often used in movie settings, to emphasize vertical elongation. This spatial experiment creates a somewhat fictional effect throughout. The minimum ‘404’ flat appears more spacious than its real capacity. 

404 minimum apartment in tokyo uses movie set technique for optical expansion
furniture can be stored or displayed in different positions

404 minimum apartment in tokyo uses movie set technique for optical expansion
fitted fixtures can move independently in the common area

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wall panels open up to present furniture and rooms

404 minimum apartment in tokyo uses movie set technique for optical expansion
all components are identical in cherry-blossom cladding

404 minimum apartment in tokyo uses movie set technique for optical expansion
fitted closet in one of the hidden units

404 minimum apartment in tokyo uses movie set technique for optical expansion
bathroom area behind the pink doors

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all the functions of the common area planned in a narrow hall

404 minimum apartment in tokyo uses movie set technique for optical expansion
a study area in cherry-blossom pink

404 minimum apartment in tokyo uses movie set technique for optical expansion
minimum wc hides in the wall cladding

 

 

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minimal kitchen in the '404' apartment
minimal kitchen in the '404' apartment
natural light shines through the balconies in the interior
natural light shines through the balconies in the interior
plan of the '404' apartment
plan of the '404' apartment

project info:

 

name: 404
designer: Suguru Fukuda

location: Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

area: 50 sqm

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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