Wooden Forest Apartment by
Ikeda Yukie Architects

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Japanese architects Ikeda Yukie have completed Wooden Forest Apartment, a renovation of an old two-storey wooden house in Nakano, Tokyo.

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The architects have retained and exposed the building's original wooden columns but wrapped everything else in white, leaving a  forest of columns piercing each floor.

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Photos are © Koichi Torimura.

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Here's some text from the architects:

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Wooden Forest Apartment

Renovation of an old wooden house

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Originally, the second floor was an old style Japanese dormitory with several walls dividing the floor into tiny rooms.

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Since then, numerous renovations and extensions were carried out. Immediately prior to our joining the project, the second floor was used as a part of family house - a bit chaotic and still with a scattering of columns, remnants of the old walls.

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In order to comply with Japanese law, any changes to the structure of a wooden house situated in a fire protection area would require approval and take considerable time.

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The client was interested in a quicker turn-around and therefore we could not remove the all-too-many forest-like columns.

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The remaining structures other than columns weren’t suitable to be seen. We started by wrapping them which allowed for the forest-like columns to stand out beautifully.

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To counteract the ‘busy-ness’ created the columns, we placed between them movable boxes which function both as storage and partition.

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In order to minimize the other elements, we utilized white wrapping. This ultimately resulted in forest-like columns as colours seemingly floating in space.

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Project data

Architect/Ikeda Yukie Architects  Ikeda Yukie, Ohno Toshiharu

http://www.snowpict.com/

site/Nakano Tokyo Japan
principal use/House, Apartment
*photos are only of 2F
1st floor : owner’s bed rooms
2nd floor : 3 rooms for rent
structure/2nd floor wooden house
total area/118.5m2
completion/2009 Mar.

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  • http://whspr.me/Ps ZUY: thin top?

    forest ap is a great naming and storytelling… but the result is very minimalist ….

  • münte

    nice arrangement. just beautiful. but who wants to live in a uncomfortable space like this? can´t imagine.

  • One

    Very interesting mixture of being pragmatic and being restrained.

  • jake

    I very much want to live in a space like this. I can imagine.

  • rik

    It’s very imaginable indeed

  • Eric

    I cannot imagine living in a space like this. I think its beautiful to look at though….

  • hans

    for a house like this – a certain state of consience is needed. to be willing and to be in a position to life in a imageable dwelling like this is luxery without the banal bling bling. Its highly respectable and bold of the occupants. – thanks to them we can enjoy this formidable house. its superb… thanks for actualy doing it.

  • shishir

    love it

  • dweezil

    Using a SANAA chair in the photos:O

  • João

    with some nice furniture, i’d be extremely happy living there… nice interior space and interesting concept…