Wooden Forest Apartment by
Ikeda Yukie Architects



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


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.


Photos are © Koichi Torimura.


Here's some text from the architects:


Wooden Forest Apartment

Renovation of an old wooden house


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


Project data

Architect/Ikeda Yukie Architects  Ikeda Yukie, Ohno Toshiharu
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.





Posted on Friday March 27th 2009 at 9:19 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • 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…