atelier bow wow: split machiya
atelier bow wow: split machiya
jul 05, 2011

atelier bow wow: split machiya

‘split machiya’ by atelier bow wow, shinjuku, tokyo, japan images © manuel oka




japanese practice atelier bow wow has created ‘split machiya’, a private home for a couple and a single woman in tokyo, japan. sited within a densely populated neighborhood, the dwelling is composed of two mirrored structures, loosely connected by a lush central courtyard. informed by the confined plot of land, the residences feature compact and split level designs aimed at generating a visually open and integrated living environment.


similar in organization, the homes each consist of modest and private spaces accordingly hosted on two and a half floors. exposed wooden beams accommodate built in shelves and work stations, relieving the rooms of clutter and excess adornment. the pitched roof form is translated inside to further emphasize the expansion of space, while skylights introduce additional natural light and ventilation into the dwelling. four large windows are aligned on the second-storey to create a continuous sightline between both the residences and the contrasting surrounding landscape.

atelier bow wow: split machiya (left) living room with view towards second structure (right) living room with view towards kitchen and stairway

atelier bow wow: split machiya living room and kitchen

atelier bow wow: split machiya living room and courtyard

atelier bow wow: split machiya (left) bedroom (right) office

atelier bow wow: split machiya office

atelier bow wow: split machiya backyard

atelier bow wow: split machiya second storey of second home, looking back onto the couple’s residence

atelier bow wow: split machiya the aligned red roofs of the dwellings stand out in the congested skyline

  • absolutely incredible…. they were here before the whitewashing and they will be here long after it has passed….

    toronto says:
  • ahh! i was hoping to see a section detail of that super-thin roof edge profile! guess it’s a trade secret.

    architect says:
  • please, does anyone knows where to find some plans, sections of this project?

    rps says:
  • reminds me of Tadao Ando Azuma House (Row House)

    ToyM. says:
  • Bow Wow are volume geniuses.

    Mort D'urban says:

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