mamm design: minna no ie mamm design: minna no ie
oct 12, 2011

mamm design: minna no ie

‘minna no ie’ by mamm-design in tokyo, japan all images courtesy mamm-design image © daici ano




japanese architecture practice mamm-design has shared with us images of ‘minna no ie’, a two-and-a-half storey dwelling in a residential district of tokyo, japan. situated on a 4.5m by 12m plot bound by neighbouring buildings, the design seek to provide a space that seemingly expands beyond its borders by inserting a six meter-high garden room at its center.

street view image © daici ano




unassuming in its presence, the white house features a small cantilever which shelters the street level terrace below. a stretch of floor-to-ceiling glazed doors serve as the main entrance, and provides a transparent view of the garden room within. finished with a slate-toned brick flooring, a feeling of an outdoor plaza is established for the open space. a tree planted at the center of the floor further provides a sense of a garden. large roof lights illuminate the interior, and naturally shifts the atmosphere throughout the trajectory of the day.

interior view of garden room image © daici ano




pivoting around the main room, private programs are arranged on an offset platform system. an atelier hosted in the cantilevered volume looks out over the garden room while a small study space and bedroom are stacked on the opposite end of the layout. conscious of preserving a feeling of openness, every area of the house has a direct connection to the multi-storey void, and are devoid of wall partitions or doors. a strong relationship is created between the inhabitants through visual and audio correspondence.

aerial view image © daici ano

views from elevated platform images © daici ano

tree image © daici ano

images © daici ano

atelier image © daici ano

image © daici ano

skylights image © daici ano

washroom image © daici ano

garden room at night image © daici ano

view of entrance image © daici ano

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  • Delightful!
    Though the living spaces seem small in comparison to the courtyard/terrace, I would still live here.

    nimita says:
  • Courtyard with the tree in it makes it for me. Just love nature inside human design. Really lovely contrast

    Jabradley says:
  • like Ando’s first work, but much less austere

    dbkii says:
  • What will happen when the tree will get bigger and BIGGER? (:

    Jai says:
  • congratulations

    Geert-Hugo says:
  • the pictures are quite impressive but I’m looking at the floor plan and I don’t think a tree is worth having to climb to flights of stairs from the bedroom to reach the bathroom.

    madison says:
  • This is truly brilliant. The courtyard makes the spaces feel like one is living in an open courtyard in a European town. For all of the containment that the main walls provide, they add warmth to the space.
    Its a like a stage set and a very successful one.
    The balance of the spaces are all the more enjoyable due to the success of the courtyard concept.

    rcvs1 says:

    lily says:
  • it would be a fantastic adventure to spend our lives in such a communicative space

    Graça Neves says:

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