It is a residence/office that is planned in the high density area having high-rise residence and office buildings. Two women who works on an editorial job wanted to work and live in the historical city environment. Concrete demand condition was an office, shared living space, individual room, guest room, bathroom and so on. We felt that this is a program in the middle of the function such as an office, a residence or a dormitory. The site had 8 m x 4 m extremely small rectangu- lar shape and three sides of the site were sur- rounded by over 30 meter-high gigantic buildings without set back, which was a space like a bottom of the valley in between the gigantic buildings.
We wonder if we could design a building without walls because the width of the struc- ture was subtract out of narrow site width if we built it by making structure walls as usual, and we felt the building would be very narrow. The final composition we selected is the plan that there are no walls, only hori- zontal slabs are vertically accumulated and a set of garden and room is arranged on each floor.
We thought it makes open life that every room on each floor such as living room, private room, and bathroom has an exclusive garden to feel wind, to read or to enjoy the evening time.
We can arrange rooms and gardens freely and distinctive relationship between rooms and gardens could be possible since rooms on each floor are smaller than slabs. We thought to design a transparent building without walls as a whole that we could feel maximally a bright environment in the dark site condition and happily and comfortably the special condi- tion that we live in the center of the city as possible.
设计单位：Office of Ryue Nishisawa
电话：TEL +81 (0)3. 5439. 9172
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Architect : Office of Ryue Nishisawa
Tel : +81 (0)3. 5439. 9172
Project Location : Japan
Type : Residence + office
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