naf architect & design: 3 way house naf architect & design: 3 way house
mar 09, 2012

naf architect & design: 3 way house

‘3 way house’ by naf architect & design in adach ward, tokyo, japan all images courtesy naf architect & design

japanese practice naf architect & design (tetsuya nakazono, akio nakasa) has sent us images of ‘3 way house’, a two storey private dwelling for a family of four in a residential neighbourhood of tokyo, japan. situated in a district where both new and old buildings must stand at a minimum height of 7 meters above ground, the design explores multiple modes of vertical circulation and features a climbing wall that scales a central courtyard.

view of climbing wall from garage

cubic in form, the free-standing wooden structure is simple and unassuming in its exterior expression, exhibiting textured facades with rectangular windows interspersedly marking their surface. a large opening from the street level provides a sheltered car park which connects into the multi-storey courtyard at the core of the plan. treating the generous rooftop as an additional room, a two-meter high parapet circumscribes the terrace for both safety as well as to meet the local height regulation of 7 meters.

(left) climbing wall (right) ladder next to courtyard

slotted into the heart of the dwelling, a slim courtyard with a rock-climbing wall doubles as a lightwell, admitting sunlight from the roof level to the lower portions of the house. appropriate programs such as the kitchen, living and dining area are arranged around the glass-encased volume to secure views of the climbing wall. another mode of vertical transportation is offered by a series of ladders which provides a space-saving solution to regular staircases. the living spaces remain flexible and versatile in function.

interior view

(left) towards roof level (right) second level

series of ladders

view of roof terrace

roof level

floor plan / level 0 (1) porch (2) entrance (3) living room (4) guest room (5) exterior void (6) dining / kitchen (7) toilet (8) bedroom (9) room (10) corridor (11) washroom (12) bathroom (13) hobby room (14) sunroom (15) rooftop (16) interior void

section (1) porch (2) entrance (3) living room (4) guest room (5) exterior void (6) dining / kitchen (7) toilet (8) bedroom (9) room (10) corridor (11) washroom (12) bathroom (13) hobby room (14) sunroom (15) rooftop (16) interior void

project info:

site area: 63.47 m2 building area: 44.41 m2 total floor area: 90.71 m2 maximum height: 7.699 m maximum eave height: 6.655 m structure: wood construction

  • With ladders instead of stairs, furnishing the upper floors should be loads of fun.

    James says:
  • They don’t use furniture, just tatami and futon

    Gpanderson says:
  • James – look at the plan and read the prose, it’s called the ‘3 way house’ i.e. stairs ladder wall.

    Justin says:
  • Is there a plan page missing? I can’t find 12 (as in bathroom d’-)

    Jetwax says:
  • What a fun house!

    madeon says:
  • I’d say that there are up to three plans missing as there is only a single plan (ground floor / site plan) and a section. There are also the upper two floors and the roof which have been designed and carefully considered. This is just an abbreviated set.

    People you need to read the plans, read the text and actually look properly before you make comments. The section clearly shows the number of levels, the plan clearly shows the stairs.

    Props to Justin for his earlier comment

    Matt says:

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