naoya kawabe architect & associates: LUZ shirokane
naoya kawabe architect & associates: LUZ shirokane naoya kawabe architect & associates: LUZ shirokane
aug 28, 2011

naoya kawabe architect & associates: LUZ shirokane

‘LUZ shirokane’ by naoya kawabe architect & associates in tokyo, japan all images courtesy naoya kawabe architect & associates image © akinobu kawabe




japanese practice naoya kawabe architect & associates has sent us images of ‘LUZ shirokane’, a multi-storey housing complex in tokyo, japan. contrary to conventional layouts where the area of the individual units are maximized, the building inserts a generously-sized common space at the core of its design to encourage a level of communication and transparency between the tenants.

street view image © akinobu kawabe




situated on a tight site flanked by adjacent structures, the complex stands as a monolithic concrete form with clean lines and a tapering roof. the elevations are punctuated with a series of rectangular-faced windows that do not distinguish between units and communal spaces. tucked away from the street, the main entrance is placed down a private pathway that is generated by the set-back footprint of the building.

exterior elevation image © akinobu kawabe




seamlessly integrated into the circulation of each storey is a common space that every unit gains access through. conceived at a scale similar to the apartments, the neutral area is spatially more easily occupied than a conventional hallway. large internal windows look out onto this space, visually extending the individual residences while further reinforcing a sense of community between inhabitants. specific furniture pieces, such as a long table with stools, encourage group activities to take place throughout the building.

(left) entrance passageway (right) interior view of ground floor unit images © akinobu kawabe

second floor uni with a view of common space image © hiroyuki taoka

second floor unit image © akinobu kawabe

interior window to common space image © hiroyuki taoka

stairs and third floor common area image © hiroyuki taoka

image © hiroyuki taoka

image © hiroyuki taoka

fourth floor common space image © hiroyuki taoka

views of stairways images © hiroyuki taoka

fifth floor image © akinobu kawabe

interior view of fifth floor unit image © akinobu kawabe

night view on roof top image © akinobu kawabe

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

floor plan / level +2

floor plan / level +3

floor plan / level +4

floor plan / loft level

floor plan / roof level


  • Fantastic!!!

    Andrew says:
  • looks sad to me, too sad….

    aspirina says:
  • nice idea, but looks so dreary!

    dbkii says:
  • Everybody loves love grey off form concrete!

    Yabba says:
  • It really feels like a prison with all the sad common areas.

    Zee says:
  • frightening .. they should have pills and guns in special ‘break the glass’ emergency boxes .. what a horrible thing to do

    pete says:
  • its ok. Its easy to put hang some colour on the walls. And dont forget that the Japanese are very polite to each other and those common areas will work ok.

    richard says:

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