ninkipen!: + ninkipen!: +
jul 01, 2012

ninkipen!: +

‘+’ by yasuo imazu/ ninkipen!, kawasaki city, kanagawa, japanimage © hiroki kawata all images courtesy of yasuo imazu/ ninkipen!




upon removing the old 30-year-old interior veneers and ceiling panels in this apartment in kawasaki city, japanese practice ninkipen! (yasuo imazu) uncovered the hidden construction that was to be exposed. the predominant feature of this restoration is seen almost immediately: two large crossing concrete beams that span the entire distance of the flat. the architects saw this as an opportunity to respect the newly discovered elements and begin a new language that incorporates all of the original load bearing structure with the new interior pieces; the rough texture of the massive concrete spines opposes the smooth reflective nature of the prismatic volume.

interior image © hiroki kawata

dining area and kitchen image © hiroki kawata

kitchen image © hiroki kawata

living area image © hiroki kawata

living area image © hiroki kawata

living area from hallway image © hiroki kawata

main hallway from the living area image © hiroki kawata

hallway with longitudinal beam

transverse concrete beam

concrete crossbeam intersection image © hiroki kawata

conserved pipes

diagram highlighting key spatial elements

floor plan perspective

project info:

project name: + type: house location: kawasaki city, kanagawa, japan completion: 2012.4 construction: es co.,ltd size: 73.6m2 photography: hiroki kawata

  • After the initial discovery and subsequent intuition, replete with all the “buzzwords”…the end result seems disconnected. Materials seem indifferent, positions seem obligatory, statements seem pedestrian. If this is a demonstration of language, it would have to be one in which each of the elements is caught in that uncomfortably embarrassing situation…in which they’re all nervous smiles, but not communicating.

    chaszr says:
  • nice!

    Andres says:
  • nice work!
    sometimes it is better not to explain your work with words. just let the pictures do the talking.

    steve says:

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