atelier A5:
atelier A5: atelier A5:
jan 19, 2011

atelier A5:

‘’ by atelier A5, setagaya-ku, toyko, japan images courtesy of atelier A5 / © kenichi suzuki

‘’ by japanese studio, atelier A5 is a four story single family home located in a densely populated residential area in tokyo, japan. the stacking cubes which gradually reduce in size consume the 80 square meter plot of land while considering its valuable real estate and proximity to neighboring structures.

the design aims to redefine the relationship between the structure and the boundaries of the site while maintaining maximal usable areas and creating an optimal living situation for the inhabitants. inside, an open layout consisting mostly of multi-purpose spaces, further encourages interaction between family members.

front elevation

in order to keep the main floor concealed, the steel structure is encased in a two story high screen that shields the interior spaces from traffic and neighbors. made out of punched metal sheets, the envelope provides enough privacy to the home, enabling the design to extend the full width of the property.

view from the street view


on the ground floor, the enclosure is used as an entrance hall and a service corridor which is covered by a steel-grated roof that acts as a terrace on the second level each floor, which is slightly set back from the last, creates private terraces to the floor above it while also addressing strict setback regulations implemented by the city.

(left) semi-enclosed entrance (right) second floor terrace off of kitchen, living and dining room

kitchen with surrounding terrace

living room and dining room

stairway leading to second floor

third floor


floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level 2

floor plan / level 3


project info:

architects: sadahiro shimizu, masatoshi matsuzaki, yuko shimizu site area: 80.30sqm building area: 47.99sqm total floor area: 126.61sqm structure: wood

  • great example of the marriage of the modern openness and the cultural need for home privacy

    yojic says:
  • the streets are so strait you feel in a maze.
    i would prefer piling up the houses
    and the street level turned into a open space.
    how about a wood?
    with a pond full of fish

    jaderdavila the small shareholder says:
  • Reminds me of my home that I spent 15 years in doing time for grand larceny. Blood is going to show up badly on the white canvas.

    DesignHaHa says:

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