naruse inokuma architects + hiroko karibe architects: setagaya flat
naruse inokuma architects + hiroko karibe architects: setagaya flat naruse inokuma architects + hiroko karibe architects: setagaya flat
jul 25, 2011

naruse inokuma architects + hiroko karibe architects: setagaya flat

‘setagaya flat’ by naruse inokuma architects + hiroko karibe architects images © masao nishikawa

japanese architects jun inokuma of naruse inokuma and hiroko karibe have completed a renovation of their flat in setagaya, tokyo, japan. faced with the inability to substantially alter the structural arrangement, the duo relied on modest but fundamental improvements to the programatic organization, and surface level cosmetic changes. delicately balancing new and old, the design seeks to emphasize the previously hidden characteristics of both preceding inhabitants and the original framework.


ordered around a central corridor, the residence consists of defined yet intersecting environments, whose planes and textures appear to slightly overlap.

main corridor

the walls were stripped back to expose the rough and imperfect concrete shell, revealing at the same time layers of plasterwork

and wallpaper. additional putty was applied in the same manner as the original to emphasize the tactility and contrast of  materials.


panels of larch plywood define the transition between each environment while adding a sense of warmth to the otherwise cool

and neutral space.

tatami room

large windows line the north side of the unit, flooding the home with vast amounts of natural light.

view into kitchen, living room and dining room

in the kitchen, open shelves and storage emphasize the relaxed and minimal approach to design.

plaster and glue covered some of the original concrete walls, and was discovered after layers of wallpaper were removed

living room and dining room

(left) detail of overlapping materials (right) detail of open kitchen

overall view of kitchen

floor plan / level 0

(left) before (right) after

  • Very cool… i like it!!! Optimal combination of wood and concrete!!

    Dario says:
  • just look at the effective integration of technology!

    dbkii says:

    MODERNDESIGN2120 says:
  • soft and style !! Very pure ! I like it.

    sylvbouy says:
  • One of the nicest spaces I’ve seen on any blog in a long time. Beautiful surfaces, materials, and curation of objects. Thank you.

    f.stachio says:
  • You have got to be kidding. Right???

    Dan says:
  • Bewohnbarer Bunkerscharm?

    Gastón says:
  • love it

    tui studio says:
  • Gostei do rodapé, e interruptores nas lampadas.
    Voltamos nos tempo.

    Gil says:
  • its very depressing really…

    ind says:
  • Beautifull! I wanna live like that, question thou: How do they make those doors, I can see they’re mounted in the floor, but there’ll have to be something on the wall aswell …
    Plz answer.

    Claus says:
  • No heirloom…

    tobi says:

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