sasaki architecture + atelier O construct concrete apartment complex in tokyo sasaki architecture + atelier O construct concrete apartment complex in tokyo
jun 09, 2016

sasaki architecture + atelier O construct concrete apartment complex in tokyo

sasaki architecture + atelier O construct concrete apartment complex in tokyo
image by takumi ota

 

 

 

japanese architects ryuichi sasaki and rieko okumura, and their respective practices sasaki architecture and atelier O, have completed a four-storey apartment building containing just 12 units. named after its developer, ‘modelia days nakanobu’ occupies a commercial neighborhood in the outskirts of tokyo. the district’s diverse urban fabric is occupied by bathhouses, newsstands, and markets. in order to fit in, the building’s scale responds to these adjacent structures.

ryuichi-sasaki-sasaki-architecture-rieko-okumura-atelier-O-modelia-days-nakanobu-tokyo-japan-designboom-02
square openings become more spread out as the structure rises
image by bauhaus neo

 

 

 

square openings in the concrete façade are positioned closer together at the base of the building, becoming more spread out as the structure rises. this is intended to reduce the weighty external appearance of the monolithic building. internal space is connected to the bustling surroundings through these apertures, two of which project outwards towards the street. framed with galvanized steel, these protruding elements both channel views and cast dramatic shadows onto the otherwise restrained concrete façade.

ryuichi-sasaki-sasaki-architecture-rieko-okumura-atelier-O-modelia-days-nakanobu-tokyo-japan-designboom-02
two apertures project outwards towards the street
image by bauhaus neo

 

 

 

a pathway ensures an appropriate distance from the passing street, giving privacy to the secluded entrance. inside, the scheme includes a simple material palette of exposed concrete and plain white walls. the design seeks to promote a lifestyle independent of material possessions, with only a few elements provided: a kitchen counter, a desk, and a modest set of independent walls replacing the need for a closet. in order to save space, a single sink serves both cooking and hand-washing needs.

ryuichi-sasaki-sasaki-architecture-rieko-okumura-atelier-O-modelia-days-nakanobu-tokyo-japan-designboom-02
framed with galvanized steel, the protruding elements cast dramatic shadows
image by bauhaus neo

ryuichi-sasaki-sasaki-architecture-rieko-okumura-atelier-O-modelia-days-nakanobu-tokyo-japan-designboom-02
the scheme includes a simple material palette of exposed concrete and plain white walls
image by takumi ota

ryuichi-sasaki-sasaki-architecture-rieko-okumura-atelier-O-modelia-days-nakanobu-tokyo-japan-designboom-02
the design seeks to promote a lifestyle independent of material possessions
image by takumi ota

ryuichi-sasaki-sasaki-architecture-rieko-okumura-atelier-O-modelia-days-nakanobu-tokyo-japan-designboom-02
a modest set of independent walls replaces the need for a closet
image by takumi ota

ryuichi-sasaki-sasaki-architecture-rieko-okumura-atelier-O-modelia-days-nakanobu-tokyo-japan-designboom-02
a single sink serves both cooking and hand-washing needs
image by takumi ota

ryuichi-sasaki-sasaki-architecture-rieko-okumura-atelier-O-modelia-days-nakanobu-tokyo-japan-designboom-02
wooden floors are found throughout
image by takumi ota

ryuichi-sasaki-sasaki-architecture-rieko-okumura-atelier-O-modelia-days-nakanobu-tokyo-japan-designboom-02
a concrete staircase connects the complex
image by takumi ota

ryuichi-sasaki-sasaki-architecture-rieko-okumura-atelier-O-modelia-days-nakanobu-tokyo-japan-designboom-02
the square motif is repeated internally
image by takumi ota

ryuichi-sasaki-sasaki-architecture-rieko-okumura-atelier-O-modelia-days-nakanobu-tokyo-japan-designboom-02
a pathway gives privacy to the secluded entrance
image by bauhaus neo

ryuichi-sasaki-sasaki-architecture-rieko-okumura-atelier-O-modelia-days-nakanobu-tokyo-japan-designboom-02
the four-storey apartment building contains just 12 units
image by bauhaus neo

 

drawings

 

project info:

 

name: modelia days nakanobu
architects: ryuichi sasaki/sasaki architecture + rieko okumura/atelier O
design team: ryuichi sasaki, rieko okumura, gen sakaguchi, michal rogozinski
producer: modelia co.,ltd
light design: natsuha kameoka / lighting sou
contractor: magome construction company
client: shuko kensetsu co.,ltd
location: shinagawa-ku, tokyo, japan
area: 331.19 sqm
construction dates: january, 2015 – february, 2016
photography: takumi ota, bauhaus neo

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news