intentionallies: shelton's house intentionallies: shelton's house
nov 01, 2011

intentionallies: shelton's house

‘shelton’s house’ by intentionallies, shinjuku, tokyo, japan all images courtesy of intentionallies

japanese architect shuwa tei of tokyo-based practice intentionallies has completed ‘shelton’s house’, a residence for a family and the in-laws in the secluded neighborhood near shinjuku outside of tokyo, japan. a monolithic concrete wall abruptly borders the adjacent street, closing the urban activity from the interior of the dwelling with a windowless front elevation. separate entrances on either half of the structure allow a sense of independence for the related inhabitants. one of the doors is setback into a niche creating a courtyard within the void to allow a oblique view of the road through a window.

windowless concrete elevation facing the street

upon entering, the interior opens gradually, beginning as a continuous living room. seemingly carved from a concrete block, the lower portion of the stairway unfolds into a series of open riser treads which cantilever from the bounding internal walls. the surface material of the steps change to deep hued wooden planks, transitioning to the decking of the terrace. views of the neighboring rooftops are visible from the upper level kitchen through a series of sliding glass doors which unfold to the outdoor veranda visually connecting to the surrounding context.

one of the main entrances recessed within a void to produce limited views of the road

entry foyer

ground level living area

concrete stairs

monolithic concrete stair becomes an open cantilevered tread

interior details


storage detail



sliding glass doors lead to the roof terrace overlooking the neighboring rooftops






project info:

category: residence location: shinjuku, tokyo structure: RC site area: 104.23 m2 building area: 62.53 m2 floor area: 154.59 m2

  • Nice – but you wouldn’t want to fall down those stairs.

    PHG says:
  • Really lovely and I think the same thing about the stairs. Stairs can be the most dangerous part of the house.
    These stairs, while undeniably attractive, are a death trap.

    rcvs1 says:
  • this is definitely no house for women walking around in high heels. That staircase would echo like a cathedral to boot. (no pun intended)

    zangetsu468 says:

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