sinato reorganizes tama N apartment with interior facade sinato reorganizes tama N apartment with interior facade
nov 12, 2013

sinato reorganizes tama N apartment with interior facade

sinato reorganizes tama N apartment with interior facade
photo by takumi ota
all images courtesy of sinato




japanese design studio sinato has renovated a twenty-five year old apartment in tokyo. ‘tama N’, a home for a married couple, transforms conventional living quarters into a series of functional and elegant spaces, defined by a single wooden wall.



the dining area of the home




the partition, inserted throughout the entire length of the unit, assigns each area of the residence its own distinct character, relating to the way it will be occupied and used by its inhabitants. perceptions of individual and collective space are further changed through the various openings in the wall’s façade.



the brightly lit tatami space and more private lounge area




the previously dark and unwelcoming entrance has been extended, with a lowered floor stretching laterally, allowing natural light to enter through an adjacent window. importantly, the new design provides views of external foliage, forging a closer relationship with nature.



the partition assigns each area of the residence its own distinct character



view of the dining area from the kitchen



the rear of the apartment is bathed in natural light



the secluded lounge area



the residence’s washroom



looking from the kitchen towards the bathroom area



the entrance has been extended allowing natural light to enter through an adjacent window




floorplan showing the new wall, and the subsequent division of space




model showing spatial relationships within the design


project info:


designer: chikara ohno
type: private residence
size: 80.73 sqm (869 sqf)
location: tama-shi, tokyo, japan
completed: 2012


construction: yoshinaga industrial
lighting: FDS
photography: takumi ota

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