gl / sasaki yusuke + sekiguchi satomi: room n3w gl / sasaki yusuke + sekiguchi satomi: room n3w
jun 21, 2011

gl / sasaki yusuke + sekiguchi satomi: room n3w

‘room n3w’ by in sapporo hokkaido, japan image courtesy of nagai anna

japanese firm gl / sasaki yusuke + sekiguchi satomi has completed an apartment renovation located in sapporo hokkaido, japan. originally divided into multiple spaces along the south facade, this now unified and spacious room features an open plan organization that eliminates isolating walls. an oversized and centrally located wooden table measuring 1.2m by 4.8m bridges the kitchen and a large bookshelf. the surface doubles as a dining table or writing desk and its large dimensions allow inhabitants to have a meal and work simultaneously without interfering with each other.

working at the table image courtesy of nagai anna

the long side of the table parallels a series of windows and features a raised continuous bench made of engawa – traditional wooden strip of flooring – that serves as a greenhouse, relaxation nook and additional dining seating. ideal for large gatherings or contemplative study, this renovation allows a variety of possibilities for residents to transform the space.

tending to the greenhouse image courtesy of nagai anna

a small gathering at the table image courtesy of nagai anna

the table image courtesy of nagai anna

lounging on the engawa bench image courtesy of nagai anna

model showing different interactions occurring within the space image courtesy of gl

model image courtesy of gl

model image courtesy of gl

(left) floor plan before (right) floor plan after

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  • It’s very misleading when you say “…has completed…” This project is 6 years old.

    Erin says:
  • where are they ‘before’ photos?

    Annie B says:
  • Um, what’s the specialness of this project? A room with a big window seat. (Which are typically underused in most spaces where they exist.)

    Slightlycranky says:
  • there’s one exterior space and you can’t access it properly, how does that work?

    Britney says:

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