DG House by Geneto


Japanese architects Geneto have completed a house in Tokyo dominated by plywood structures that form furniture and room devisions.

Called DG-House, the project features two main structures. The first combines bookcases, seating, a staircase and a mezzanine, while the second contains the kitchen.

Watch a movie about the project here.

Photographs are by Takumi Ota.

The text below is from Geneto:


"The scenes of daily life"

It's a private house in the quiet residential area in Tokyo.

How much big floor area we can get to the legal limit is usually demanded especially in densely built-up area. But the important is not the floor area but “the activities of daily life” = “the scenes of daily life”.

Thus, we tried to make the space by "the scenes of daily life".

Within the discussion about "the scenes of daily life" with the client, we were getting to understand that’s daily casual activities or happenings like "conversation by husband and wife", " the sky looked from kitchen " and "children’s birthday party".

And these makes us feel the quality of life.

The composition was decided by the associating "the scenes of daily life" with the context being thought from the site and the laying it out in three dimensions.

Some private rooms are in the ground floor and the second floor is made as one big room and it makes "the scenes of daily life" be fulfilled by dividing each space with furniture.

Furniture in this house has a role like a stage set, to create the scenes of daily life we intended to.

Like there are various scenes in a film, it aimed to make a house that studded various scenes of daily life, like the dweller becomes a hero or a heroine.

“The volume in quality of life.”

GENETO has been thinking how we can make a space economically and functionally with the work of more than furniture less than architecture.

In the beginning project, re-ped(2001), we made the volume based on people’s activity by the plywood frame.

Since that, we have been trying to educe the potential of the space functionally by fitting the scale having more scale than furniture in the space.

Recently, our interesting tend to make various scenes by furniture, like furniture gives some aspects or some uses in the space.

In DG-HOUSE, we thought furniture is the volume producing various scenes rather than functional furniture.

The volume is made with the sequence of organic shape 24mm plywood frame. And the structure consists of fitting in the surface material plywood.

The volume is made by the method like the middle of how to make furniture with how to make architectural.

This method makes it possible to make architectural scale economically, keeping the scale of furniture.

Also the volume of children room works as the structure to support the architectural horizontal force when putting it in the second floor.

It is seen one mass by painting black on structural plywood when seeing a whole, keeping the feeling of wood when seeing in the vicinity. Also the black color toning has been done in our own factory.

The reason why we can elaborate the space with the accuracy of furniture is that we have managed our own factory (pivoto) and practiced various industrial methods, the details and the painting methods.

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  • Modern made warm… I love it!

  • Hamid

    it has the ambience of Kafka novels!

  • modular

    I love japanese architecture, yet this project bored the hell out of me….

  • alex.age5

    the exterior makes u unexpecting anything, but the interiors…wow. nice shot

  • al

    There are spaces that are good by way of function..to be interesting as well is just rare nowadays.

  • scruces

    Damn now that’s nice. :)
    Good show mate.

  • caco

    nice !,,, damn those japanese, they have good taste

  • roel

    and the couch is beautiful!

  • Wim

    I love this design. 11/10 It’s so neat it could be a set in the next James Bond movie! :)

  • droool..drool droool…droool..

  • Matthias

    I like the concept of a furniture “core” (I always wanted to have millwork/furniture running across floors) but the black and white execution makes this place so depressing.

  • jeshuan

    only in japan

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  • i like the wood and the asymmetry, though i think the volumes/furniture/walls are too volumed, meaning big: somehow i feel the space is a bit unbalanced. i guess the ceiling could be understood and explored to blend the buildingstructure and interiors. sorry, but it looks a pop-up shop. maybe the deco will change the vibe.

  • julien

    I love the silky effect on the tinted plywood. not mat but not shiny. Any idea how to get this result? Wax, Varnish, or something else like a magic chinese ink?

  • JonDoe

    Can we see some larger images of the diagrams?

    It looks wonderful!

  • Larger images and diagrams would be nice. This is a great project, I love the use of dark wood in contrast to the clean white planes.

  • Larger images and diagrams would be nice. This is a great project, I love the use of dark wood in contrast to the clean white planes.

  • 1plus2minus3

    This is hot design, great lines with a serious but playful feel, cheers!

  • This is a great project, I love the use of dark wood in contrast to the clean white planes

  • This is a great project, I love the use of dark wood in contrast to the clean white planes.

  • ould be nice. This is a great project, I love the use of dark wood in contrast to the cle