atelier A5:
atelier A5: atelier A5:
jan 25, 2011

atelier A5:

‘’ by atelier A5 in nukui, nerima-ku, tokyo, japan images courtesy of atelier A5 / © kenichi suzuki

‘’ by japanese studio atelier A5 is located in a typically dense residential area of tokyo, japan. strict provisions, including setback regulations and a slightly slopped 45 square meter plot of land dictated the overall form and structure of the single family home.

the compact volume accommodates a variety of required functions while utilizing the maximum amount of vertical capacity allowed for the site. while the house does not feature a great number of windows, its inner organization can be read from the outside through different materiality.

side elevation

bedrooms, workspace and the ladder up to the loft

inside, three closed volumes are vertically shifted and placed throughout the house, each containing a specific function – the kitchen and dining room on the ground floor, the bathroom on the first floor and the bedrooms on the third floor. by hovering the boxes in between each storey to create thirty centimeters of transitional void, each level gains natural daylight while providing multiple sight lines throughout the house.

panels of galvanized steel cladding contrast these spaces, which is also translated onto the outside. each room is given its own identity through the use of color.

(left) looking into one of the bedrooms (right) workspace

looking from the living room to the entrance of the lavatory, dressing room and terrace

living room

living room

kitchen and dining area with view into garage


exterior view of house at night

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2

floor plan / level 3


project info:

architectural team: sadahiro shimizu, masatoshi matsuzaki, yuko shimizu structural planning: hayata matou site area: 45.73sqm building area: 25.05sqm total floor area: 72.83sqm structure: wood structure

  • steel or stucco, pick one or the other. but not both plz.

    wpgmb says:
  • Why does the bike get more open space than any of the humans, who will have to live in odd shaped little boxes within the structure? Incongruous.
    I had a vision of future families saying “tsk-” and tearing out walls, while stylesta’s agonize and roll their eyes.
    I see/feel nothing “fluid” in this design.

    SallyCynic says:
  • @sally
    anyone who can raise a smile isnt such a cynic…

    lolz says:
  • only this missing from the photos is furniture as it didnt fit into any of the spaces. On the other hand, the exterior material moving to the interior is a triumph! ‘like’ says:
  • Completely agree with you there, ‘’…on both points. That first example of a bedroom? Really? Love the enterior cladding and the loft having small entrances…
    …maybe not loving so much the ability to see the entire contents of my garage whilst making my breakfast.
    Shame really… something about me really loves this house.

    Xhon says:

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