takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom
 
takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom
sep 23, 2011

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom

‘roomroom’ by takeshi hosaka architects in tokyo, japan all images courtesy takeshi hosaka architects image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

kanagawa-based practice takeshi hosaka architects has shared with us images of ‘roomroom’, a two storey dwelling for a deaf couple and their children in the itabashi ward of tokyo, japan. conceived as an annex to their main house which sits adjacent to the project, the design considers the clients’ communication needs by perforating the walls, roof, and floor with a number of 200 mm squares to facilitate a way to visually tie the inhabitants together throughout the residence.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom exterior view image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

situated on a corner of a dense block, the house reads as a small rectangular volume with a series of small square-shaped windows marking its facades. the random arrangement of the apertures creates a visually distinct identity for the structure while maximizing privacy for the living space within and maintaining natural light intake. circumscribed with a high railing, a roof top terrace can be clearly observed from the street level.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom from the street image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom in context of site image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom front elevation image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom entrance image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

organized as two small rooms on the ground floor and a large open space on the second level, the language of the exterior is continued to the interior through a collection of internal windows on the layout. the children sometimes call their parents’ attention by dropping a small toy through the openings and use sign language to communicate between storeys. some of the apertures allow plants to grow through the floor from the lower level, further establishing a sense of connection throughout the design. the windows can be seen as an interpretation of a common atrium – enabling light, sound, and wind to travel freely between two elevations – which provide a practical solution specific to the needs of the clients.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom interior view of second level image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom ladder leading up to the roof terrace images © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom roof level overlooking the neighbourhood image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom square windows image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom plants growing through the openings images © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom room on ground floor image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom (left) light effect during the night (right) entrance at night images © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom night view from street image © koji fujii / nacasa&partners inc.

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom site map

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom

site plan

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom floor plan / level 0

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom  floor plan / level +1

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom floor plan / roof level

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom longitudinal section

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom cross section

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom northwest elevation

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom southwest elevation

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom southeast elevation

takeshi hosaka architects: roomroom northeast elevation

project info:

site: 58.43 m2 building area: 36.99 m2 floor area: 72.00 m2 building height: 5450 mm storeys: 2

  • ok, honey, i am off to work… star closing the windows… (after 15 min.)… cmon honey, there is still 37 to go…

    De Beli
  • Be still, my heart.
    This is absolutely beautiful.

    jess lynn
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