Designer Keiji Ashizawa used muted tones to benefit from the daylight on this condo in central Tokyo, which options wood artwork items and furnishings that was specifically designed for the house.
For the Hiroo Residence, named after its location within the metropolis’s Hiroo neighbourhood, Ashizawa wished to underline the standard of the sunshine within the flat.
Within the open-plan kitchen and lounge, gentle streams in from a balcony, and the designer took benefit of this gentle supply by making a cut-out wall in order that the sunshine carries by way of to the hallway subsequent to it.
“I believe you possibly can see we’ve a really good daylight right here,” he advised Dezeen throughout a walkthrough of the condo. “So I did not wish to use white, as it might be too vibrant – as a substitute I used muted, delicate tones.”
He additionally wished Hiroo Residence to really feel like a peaceable place to return house to in a busy metropolis, utilizing pure supplies to create a peaceful atmosphere.
“Exterior it is tremendous noisy however inside it’s extremely quiet, so I selected muted tones that additionally fuse with the supplies; the wooden and the stone,” Ashizawa mentioned.
The tranquil 200-square-metre condo, which overlooks the Arisugawanomiya Memorial Park, has three bedrooms and two loos, in addition to a kitchen and eating space, a small workspace and loads of storage areas.
Earlier than designing the inside, Ashizawa modified the format of the flat to make it extra open, taking out an current hallway to create an even bigger eating house.
“Our objective was to design an area that may solely be created by meticulously crafting from the smallest element to the furnishings, leading to a quiet, comforting, and galvanizing environment with little noise, surrounded by pure supplies crafted with tactility,” Ashizawa mentioned of the design.
He labored with the Japanese wood furnishings firm Karimoku on the undertaking, which is the eighth in its Karimoku Case Examine sequence that sees it collaborate with architects on bespoke furnishings and inside initiatives.
Consequently, wooden was used all through Hiroo Residence, with white-stained oak masking most of the flooring.
Ashizawa additionally labored with Karimoku to create wood window frames and sliding doorways, which had been positioned all through the flat so as to add privateness with out taking on an excessive amount of house.
The furnishings matches the wood inside particulars and consists of two items created particularly for the undertaking – a sideboard with ornamental wood slats and a eating chair with a woven seat that was impressed by each Shaker designs and basic Scandinavian chairs.
Within the bed room of Hiroo Residence, wood wall panels add a tactile and extra pure really feel, which is echoed within the built-in cabinets and drawers within the en-suite walk-in closet.
Cupboards had been additionally used to cover totally different capabilities within the kitchen, the place a big wood unit takes up a complete wall.
Even smaller particulars within the flat, such because the lengthy kitchen lamp, had been constituted of the fabric.
Artworks in wooden by Danish artwork studio Atelier Plateau and the artist Sara Martinsen, which had been created particularly for the house, beautify the partitions.
Karimoku has labored with Ashizawa on plenty of initiatives, together with its second showroom which simply opened in Kyoto, Japan, and the Azabu Residence Case Examine, the place the designer referenced mid-century American design.
The images is by Tomooki Kengaku.