one of the most important elements in shared house projects is to have spaces that cannot be experienced in a studio apartment. therefore, swing thoroughly considered its approach to the height of each room, as well as making the most of its floor space in the ‘zeze osaka’ project in japan. the architects’ image for the shared house was that it should be a festive space in everyday life, where the ‘ordinary and extraordinary’ blend into that space having both ‘individual and common’ features.


facade of swing’s ‘zeze osaka’ project in japan
all images by eiji tomita

 

 

japanese based design studio swing has made sure to keep an appropriate height for each space, by considering the balance between the appropriate space for the bedrooms and an open feeling for the shared living room. looking through the mezzanine to the ‘borrowed scenery’ of the trees lining the street from the window secures a place with an open feeling within the high-density city. in designing, the architects have put the most importance in the idea that this is a house with eight different lives brought together. swing believes that it has created a unique but comforting feeling of sharing the whole of a carefully-made space within a community.


an important element in shared house projects is to have spaces that cannot be experienced in studio apartments


swing considered making the most of its floor space in the ‘zeze osaka’


swing thoroughly studied its approach to the height of each room


interior view of the shared living room and kitchen


the architects’ image for the shared house was that it should be a festive space in everyday life


view of the staircase towards the upper floor from sanitary space


where the ‘ordinary and extraordinary’ blend into the same space having both ‘individual and common’ features


the architects put the most importance in the idea that this is a house with 8 different lives brought together


swing has made sure to keep an appropriate height for each space


the line of sight goes through to the road


swing believes that it has created a unique but comforting feeling of sharing the whole

 

 

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