takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building
feb 06, 2012

takao shiotsuka atelier: 8 building

‘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.

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.

street view image © toshiyuki yano

(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.

interior view of gallery image © toshiyuki yano

view of street from gallery image © toshiyuki yano

image © toshiyuki yano

office space image © toshiyuki yano

hallway image © toshiyuki yano

office image © toshiyuki yano

second-level apartment image © toshiyuki yano

image © toshiyuki yano

kitchen and dining image © toshiyuki yano

third-floor apartment image © toshiyuki yano

approaching living room image © toshiyuki yano

dining room and kitchen image © toshiyuki yano

views of hallway images © toshiyuki yano

washroom image © toshiyuki yano

bedroom beyond bathroom image © toshiyuki yano

site map

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

floor plan / level +2

sections

elevations

project info:

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

  • creepy

    dbkii says:
  • Absolutely great! Fantastic! Marvelous…,
    those Jacobsen chairs!

    Jan says:
  • I agree so interesting especially the views of the hallways – wow!

    Jo says:
  • It\’s not creepy, its frustrating …..that I cannot see any possible reason for such a mundane building to be published in Designboom.

    wwwillem says:
  • I dig this strippd down look. The inside looks much bigger than what the street elevation lets on.

    columbia-workshop says:
  • frosted glass, aluminium windows, exposed wiring ducts, basic hardware shop sink unit, washing machine dumped in the corner? … I agree with wwwillem … why is this on designboom?

    hidey hi says:
  • I used to squat in derelict factories that looked exactly like this – they were a much cheaper way of doing it. It has a kind of ‘gulag’ aesthetic… it must really discourage creativity – it has a sense of a loss of all hope and aspiration – nothing to live for… just despair.

    Finlay says:
  • maybe the floor could be chilly in winter;
    but then it would be cool in summer

    dadap says:
  • I THINK THE ONLY REMARCABLE THINGS IN THIS BUILDING ARE THE BATHTUB SOPORTING SISTEM, PRETTY COOL, AND THE JACOBSEN CHAIRS……TAKE THAT OUT AND WHAT DO YOU HAVE?
    ELEVATIONS ARE VERY POOR AND INTERIORS WITH TOO MUCH NOTHINGNESS
    MAYBE IT WAS THEIR INTENTION…..
    THOUGH THE FLOORPLANS ARE GREAT!

    juliano says:

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