split-level platforms build up archidivision's dance floor house in tokyo

split-level platforms build up archidivision's dance floor house in tokyo

DANCE FLOOR by archidivision

 

Nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Tokyo, the Dance Floor project by Archidivision unveils a unique residential design featuring split-level platforms. While this lot had a lower market value compared to its neighboring properties, it had its own charm, surrounded by the lush garden of a mansion behind it. The placement of the structure strategically allows glimpses of neighboring trees between its steeply pitched roof and the adjacent house.

The design team carefully considered the materials and finishes, resulting in a playful blend of elements that redefine the split-level style and create an open-plan and continuous scheme. Through a layering of objects and spaces, the interior becomes a canvas for living, introducing a sequence of interconnected scenes that form an inviting and comfortable environment.

split-level platforms build up archidivision's dance floor house in tokyo
all images by Katsu Tanaka

 

 

stepping inside archidivision’s house in tokyo

 

The Dance Floor features a discreet entrance, a simple opening leading to a spacious porch. Upon visitors stepping inside the ground floor, they are immediately embraced by a softly lit ambiance, with light filtering in through the louvered floor of the staircase landing. As one ascends to the upper level, the cityscape gradually comes into sight, reestablishing a connection to the urban environment.

On the interior side of the facade, the architectural elements are carefully exposed, reminiscent of a theater backstage, fostering a balanced relationship between the house and the city outside, all while maintaining privacy. The design team paid great attention to architectural decisions regarding shielding, opening, closing, transparency, and reflection. As a result, walls with exposed pillars and beams, fixtures, furniture, staircases, landings, and illuminated ceilings were meticulously crafted, each with its own distinctive material and finishing. 

split-level platforms build up archidivision's dance floor house in tokyo
a humble entrance leads to a spacious porch on the ground level

split-level platforms build up archidivision's dance floor house in tokyo
exposed columns and beams are visible within the entire structure

split-level platforms build up archidivision's dance floor house in tokyo
as visitors move to the upper floor, the cityscape gradually comes into view

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the split-level design creates a visual connection throughout the house

split-level platforms build up archidivision's dance floor house in tokyo
the red staircase adds a bold touch to the design

split-level platforms build up archidivision's dance floor house in tokyo
wooden furnishing and elements such as window frames create a warm house atmosphere

split-level platforms build up archidivision's dance floor house in tokyo
permeable platforms compose the house’s skeleton

 

 

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the interior sees a series of interconnected spaces
the interior sees a series of interconnected spaces
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project info:

 

name: Dance Floor
architects: Archidivision | @archidivision

leading architects: Yuki Shioiri + Ryota Yazaki
structural engineering: Takuya Tsuji / DIX

site area: 85.95 sqm
building area: 43.79 sqm
total floor area: 96.63 sqm
design: 2020-21
construction: 2021-22
location: Tokyo, Japan
photography: Katsu Tanaka | @k_tanaka_photo

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