‘8 building’ by takao shiotsuka atelier in oita city, japan all images courtesy takao shiotsuka atelier image © toshiyuki yano

japanese architecture practice takao shiotsuka atelier has sent us images of ‘8building’, a converted mixed-use building in the urban center of oita-city, japan. situated on a slim site surrounded by adjacent buildings on three sides, the design seeks to create well-lit, open spaces that exhibit flexibility despite its small footprint.

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building site image © toshiyuki yano

originally a small-scale studio apartment, the thirty year old building has been stripped of its eaves and veranda to secure large amounts of sunlight for the interior units. windows facing onto adjacent buildings are frosted to maintain privacy while still maintaining daylight intake. singularly finished in white, the three-storey structure is quiet and unassuming with a large aperture window on the ground level. a small gallery space within is put on view, engaging in direct dialogue with the street and the neighbourhood.

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building street view image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building (left) street elevation (right) alley images © toshiyuki yano

gutted of its internal partitions, the layout has been rearranged to accommodate a gallery and office on the ground floor, two live/work units on the level above, and a penthouse apartment. the organization of programs are simple and pragmatic with a linear circulation route. much like the exterior, the interior is finished in white to keep each space neutral and flexible. industrial details of the former building has been preserved to reveal the previous identity of the project.

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building interior view of gallery image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building view of street from gallery image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building office space image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building hallway image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building office image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building second-level apartment image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building kitchen and dining image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building third-floor apartment image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building approaching living room image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building dining room and kitchen image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building views of hallway images © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building washroom image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building bedroom beyond bathroom image © toshiyuki yano

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building site map

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building floor plan / level 0

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building floor plan / level +1

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building floor plan / level +2

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building sections

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building elevations

project info:

site area: 158 m2 building area: 96 m2 total floor area: 288 m2 structure: reinforced concrete