kensaku tohmoto: atelierK kensaku tohmoto: atelierK
feb 17, 2011

kensaku tohmoto: atelierK

‘atelierK’ by kensaku tohmoto all images courtesy kensaku tohmoto photographer: yoshiyuki hirai

‘atelierK’ by japanese architect kensaku tohmoto is a two-storey studio and residence in an old neighborhood of kyoto. featuring a spacious studio on the ground level, the living rooms are designed with a strong emphasis on the height, form and quality of the vertical space.

street facade

designed for an artist couple in their sixties, the house required few rooms on a simple layout. flanked on both its north and south wall by two neighboring structures, the design utilizes openings in the ceiling to sufficiently illuminate the interior. angular, faceted walls create a dramatic atmosphere in the living area, sculpting and funneling the space to create a place for self-reflection and meditation. wrapped in plywood and lumber, the design envelopes the inhabitant in a singular tone and palette.

studio level

kitchen and dining with a small outdoor balcony

living area

(left) view from the top of the staircase (right) opening in the ceiling

bedroom

street view

night view

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

  • i like spaces a lot, but when whole interior is made of wood for some people sharpens “pinochio” syndrome. sometimes it seems that some of your body parts transforms into wooden parts. very depresive feeling. you should live for a longer period in wooden house to feel it. seriuosly.

    suffer says:
  • Beyond awful. Like living in a wooden prison that one cannot escape except through a hole in the ceiling. Very claustrophobic design.

    nelliej says:
  • ,am the space is good buthe pictured it like… living in hell of wood… is client have some attachment to wood?

    karasu6164 says:
  • It is easy to say that no one of earlier comments were made of a Japanese person. The house is optimized to create a space for self-reflection and meditation. I think it does this job very well.

    And living in a wooden house does not have to be depressive. It of course depends on how you use the material. A long time ago, almost all houses were made almost completely out of wood. Think about it.

    teppei says:

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