tokyo steel house by MDS built from a system of metal plates
tokyo steel house by MDS built from a system of metal plates tokyo steel house by MDS built from a system of metal plates
nov 28, 2012

tokyo steel house by MDS built from a system of metal plates

‘tokyo steel house’ by MDS, tokyo, japanimage © hiroshi uedaall images courtesy of MDS



situated on a slender 5 meter by 16 meter plot, the ‘tokyo steel house’ by local practice MDS is a metal skeleton sitting on a reinforced concretefoundation that holds the subterranean garage. four floors are located within the steel construction, supported by composite steel beams sandwichedwithin wooden planks. the interior spaces are mostly all connected, functioning as a large continuous space, which helps regulate interior temperatureswith the thin timber panel finish acting as the only insulation, with a total wall thickness of 100 mm. an double-layered expanded metal wall represents the southern facade, together with a roof terrace and atrium plenty of light can get into the structure while obscuring visibility from the street.interior materials contrast the cold exterior appearance, with softer rubber tiles and tatami mats regulating the proportions of the separate functions inside.the construction was made to adapt to any environment, maximizing floor area on smaller site due to the thinness of the exterior envelope, using materialproperties and internal volume to regulate temperatures passively.



(left) approach(right) detail of the expanded metal screensimage © hiroshi ueda



expanded metal southern facade with operable windowsimage © hiroshi ueda



continuous interior space delineated by tatami proportionsimage © hiroshi ueda



interiorimage © hiroshi ueda



light stairs supported on thin metal dowelsimage © hiroshi ueda



living roomimage © hiroshi ueda



(left) bathroom(right) view from the top floor terraceimage © hiroshi ueda



construction of the thin metal envelopeimage © hiroshi ueda



image © hiroshi ueda



wood planks flank the thin metal joistsimage © hiroshi ueda



floor constructionimage © hiroshi ueda



floor plan / level 0



floor plan / level 1



floor plan / level 2



floor plan / level -1









project info:


location: minato-ku, tokyoprincipal use: residence structure: steelsite area: 84.23m2total floor area: 154.44m2 (49.90m2/1f, 49.14m2/2f, 31.68m2/3f, 23.72m2/b1f)exterior finish: galvanized color steel sheet standing-seam roofing , expanded metal fenceroof: galvanized color steel sheet standing-seam roofingfloor: rubber tile, tatamiwall: steel plate ceiling: acrylic emulsion paint + plaster board

  • I like the interface between the perimeter structure and the hoizontal components

    dbkii says:
  • So good to see construction pictures. They help to define the structure.
    Although, I don’t like the single plank on the four story scaffolding.
    Goon design. Nice interiors.

    Dan says:

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