MDS: mejiro house MDS: mejiro house
oct 05, 2012

MDS: mejiro house

‘mejiro house’ by MDS, tokyo, japan image © toshiyuki nano

the ‘mejiro house’ by japanese firm MDS blocks unwanted views from onlookers while maintaining a light-filled interior within the densely populated downtown of tokyo, japan. when viewed from the street, a cast concrete volume rests above a first level garage and entry. a solid privacy wall capped with plants mediates the public zone and property, concealing a double-storey courtyard which carves into the earth. daylight can then enter the living spaces in the basement and ground levels through a wall of transparent glass while maintaining privacy from passersby and neighboring homes.

two entries from private lanes lead inhabitants into a gallery like corridor that wraps the main stairwell. bands of glass and concrete partitions at alternating heights control outward and interior views. this area becomes a middle ground between the urban streetscape and interior, as well as the illuminated and open public zone and private family rooms on the upper floor. a strip of skylights brings abundant illumination from overhead, reflecting off the white walls to filter downward through the home.

a hedge wall in front of the facade protects a double story courtyard from onlookers image © toshiyuki nano

entry image © toshiyuki nano

front door image © toshiyuki nano

view of the glass-enclosed double-storey interior beyond the hedge wall image © toshiyuki nano

basement level living spaces image © toshiyuki nano

kitchen + dining area image © toshiyuki nano

view towards light well from kitchen image © toshiyuki nano

view towards living area from light well image © toshiyuki nano

living room image © toshiyuki nano

street level hedge wall blocks views from neighboring homes image © toshiyuki nano

image © toshiyuki nano

stair to ground level images © toshiyuki nano

view from stair image © toshiyuki nano

stair to first floor from ground level image © toshiyuki nano

ground level corridor image © toshiyuki nano

first floor image © toshiyuki nano

site plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

floor plan / level -1


  • Superb House… I wish they would of sent the plans to the house to see the layout of each floor. Great work!

    David - SMBe says:
  • The problem of course, is the limited means provided to understand this project. There may be a perfectly logical reason for a project strategy that fails to utilize its air space fully, particularly in “densely populated downtown Tokyo”, with no attempt of allusion to, or illusion of, space, but without descriptive documents to analyze, one is left with photos which have an oddly dated quality. I’d also like to take issue with a Living Room which looks out onto a two story concrete wall, and the fact that neighbors appear to have a rather full view into the basement living spaces.

    Chaszr says:
  • Not enough concrete.

    Dan says:

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