Doors by Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects

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Japanese firm Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects have completed an apartment in Tokyo, Japan.

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The project involved installing a row of light wooden doors that open to reveal bathroom and kitchen facilities.

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The ceiling and walls are stripped and left bare, while the wooden floor is bordered by decorative tiles.

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More by Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects:

House in Hiyoshi
House in Sagamino

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Photographs are by Takumi Ota.

Here's some more information from Hiroyuki Tanaka Architects:

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This is a small renovation project for young couple in Tokyo.

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Door is the only part that is allowed to move in the architecture that never moves.

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Door of the Japanese traditional architecture is originally thin, light and dynamic boundary system, and we have been establishing our architectural history by inventing these devices.

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For this project, we have re-arranged the plan to create the new elevation and new presence by doors. (photo of cards shows a joy of opening doors like a card game).

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To reinforce this idea, we have also treated every kind of details attentively.

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Mirrors with 45 degrees rotated stripe tiles give rhythm, small circle of green plexiglas with photo of forest is a cover for electric repair work.

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Beams covered with light gauge steels represent some friction and tension with existing concrete ceiling.

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Project name : doors
Architect: HIROYUKI TANAKA ARCHITECTS
Project leader : Hiroyuki Tanaka
Project team : Hiroko Jinnouchi
Construction manager:Naritake Fukumoto / set-up

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Date: study February 2009- March 2009
construction
April 2009- June 2009
Area: 60sqm
Location: Tokyo, Japan

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Photography: Takumi Ota
Artwork(green plexiglass):Mitsuhiro YAMAGIWA

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  • modular

    Oh man… I loving japanese architecture more and more. They make houses almost like a blank canvas, giving enough visual and physical space for us to go wild with our wicked furniture pieces.

  • steve

    Interesting if I had never seen a door before.

  • http://elianatomas.blogspot.com/ Eliana

    Simple. Clean. Very inspiring. Love the tiles detail.

  • http://millerighe.blogspot.com/ millerighe

    Do you remember mai dire banzai’s game?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aY1UbDJbnsY

  • zetre

    Fresh!

  • http://www.unruly.ca Katy McDevitt

    Too packing-crateish for me.

  • http://jjohnson.carbonmade.com Jeremiah

    Simple concept and well done.

    Reminds me a bit of Shigeru Ban’s Sagaponac House #4. Good photos at this forum, http://www.pushpullbar.com/forums/new-york/3477-sagaponac-sagaponac-house-4-shigeru-ban-dean-maltz.html

  • tanya telford – T

    love this, looks like an easy place to set up home, not over designed or over finished – room for individuality from inhabitants, really like the (informal) industrial concrete alongside the more domestic aspects, nice combinations.

  • Zabel

    Though I love a simple and pure design…
    I accidentally picked the wrong door and peed in your closet.

  • http://www.winifredwikkeling.com/blog royal creme

    And still it feels as if there is too much going on. Like being pulled in different directions that then lead to nowhere..

  • angry catalan

    What I like about the kind of Japanese architecture that gets published on magazines (as opposed to what actually composes 95% of the buildings in Japanese cities, which is as terrible as what you find anywhere else) is how uncompromising it is. I love it, and I wonder how do they get away with it…

    As for this house, I love how it has this interesting spatial concept and the rest is stripped bare so the concept is what actually makes the house work.

  • Leandro Locsin

    no door lock and closer for this bathroom eh?