naf architect & design: ZYX house naf architect & design: ZYX house
mar 12, 2012

naf architect & design: ZYX house

ZYX house’ by naf architect & design in tokyo, japan all images courtesy naf architect & design




japanese atelier naf architect & design (tetsuya nakazono, akio nakasa) has shared with us images of ‘ZYX house’, a multi-storey private dwelling in central tokyo, japan. conceived for a single woman who required a home that could accommodate for her visiting family and extended relatives, the design stacks three kinds of volumes on top of the other to create a dense and efficient organization of space.

from above

located in a tightly established commercial district near a railway station, the design had to make the most of the 40 m2 plot as well as the adjacent structures which block in the site. the four-storey residence climbs vertically to secure views as well as natural daylight for the interior, resulting in a single-sloping roofline that cuts the space above at a dramatic angle. finished with a subtle chevron pattern achieved by changes in texture, the white exterior achieves a clean and distinct identity within the aging neighbourhood.

interior view – second level

exploring all available dimensions and directions, the design achieves a variety of interior conditions for each level. the ground floor, which faces a narrow but busy street, is oriented vertically to gain indirect light from a slim L-shaped void. accommodating a private bath and bedroom, the design supplies a private living space for the client’s grandmother. the second level, which looks onto a neighbouring house with no windows, opens up to the south and the north, flanking the interior with floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides. the simple layout features a kitchen on one side and a living area on the other, obtaining separation by placing the staircase in between.

view from living room

the top floor looks out to the east and west with a triangular window securing views of the immediate site from above. with a maximum level of privacy, the space is ideal for individual living. by approaching each level to suit certain conditions and inhabitants, the overall design is a spatial network for a multi-generational family.

triangular window on third level

loft level above

private bathroom on ground floor

night view

schematic diagram

floor plan / level 0 (1) entry (2) room 1 (3) bathroom 1

floor plan / level +1 (4) living / dining room (5) kitchen

floor plan / level +2 (6) room 2 (7) walk-in closet

floor plan / level +3 (8) bathroom 2

cross sections (1) entry (2) room 1 (3) bathroom 1 (4) living / dining room (5) kitchen (6) room 2 (7) walk-in closet (8) bathroom 2

longitudinal sections (1) entry (2) room 1 (3) bathroom 1 (4) living / dining room (5) kitchen (6) room 2 (7) walk-in closet (8) bathroom 2



project info:

site area: 38.63 m2 building area: 26.80 m2 total floor area: 90.06 m2 maximum height: 12.300 m maximum eave height: 12.300 m structure: reinforced concrete construction

  • I have never seen that chevron pattern being done on a facade. Quite graphic, I like it!

    Noah says:
  • like the spacious feel and use of light

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    kbinteriors says:
  • I absolutely love this house. I would build this for myself in a flash!

    Nicholaus says:
  • Nice but probably comfortable for a small Asian who owns 5 outfits, 1 pair of flip flops and 1 pair of dress shoes. There no room for anything except a luxurious bath….but wait, there’s no where for the luxurious both towel.

    Lv says:

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