naka architects’ studio merges apartments, office and restaurant into one building
photography by koichi torimura

 

 

 

toshiharu naka+yuri Uno / naka architects’ studio have manifested a dynamic and social environment through their design of the ‘apartment with a small restaurant’. located within a housing complex in downtown tokyo, the creation a ‘small economy’ using an open-plan arrangement consisting of five residential units, a small restaurant and a shared office space. along with their own rooftop terrace, the apartments are connected by a shared hallway and accessed through the multipurpose studio space. simultaneously the small restaurant is open to the public and the residents ‘which is ran by a cook and any local residents who love cooking’. through encouraging social exchange, this concept sharing and interaction has resulted in a sense of community and pleasant atmosphere for the building residents and locals.

apartment with a restaurant by naka architects' studio designboomthe studio faces the terrace and can be used as living-space or office space

apartment with a restaurant by naka architects' studio designboomthe communal space of one of the apartments

naka architects' studio_apartment with a restaurant_designboom_004along the terraces, common spaces like laundry facilities and bbq have been placed

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terrace on first floor and the entrance of soho unit #1 on the left

naka architects' studio_apartment with a restaurant_designboom_006the restaurant café have been split into different levels

naka architects' studio_apartment with a restaurant_designboom_007a event is held within the restaurant

naka architects' studio_apartment with a restaurant_designboom_008by creating a ‘small economy’ the apartment evokes a sense of community

naka architects' studio_apartment with a restaurant_designboom_009the shared studio space is in the basement

naka architects' studio_apartment with a restaurant_designboom_010locals and residents of the scheme can use the building

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the scheme won the 2014 good design gold award
photo by naka architects’ studio

 

 

 

project info:

title: apartment with a small restaurant
architect: toshiharu naka+yuri uno / naka architects’ studio
location: tokyo, japan
completed: 2014
photography: koichi torimura, naka architects’ studio