Setagaya Flat by Naruse Inokuma Architects


Setagaya Flat by Naruse Inokuma Architects

Unfinished plywood and cement smeared over concrete give a renovated Tokyo apartment the appearance of an elegant building site.

Setagaya Flat by Naruse Inokuma Architects

Japanese architects Naruse Inokuma tore away wallpaper and applied additional layers of cement and putty to create a mottled surface over the exposed concrete.

Setagaya Flat by Naruse Inokuma Architects

Sliding doors between the rooms of the Setagaya Flat are made from larch plywood and could be mistaken for construction hoarding.

Setagaya Flat by Naruse Inokuma Architects

The rooms have new plywood floors and are minimally furnished.

Setagaya Flat by Naruse Inokuma Architects

Dezeen has featured a few projects from Naruse Inokuma Architects in the past, including an installation of forest scenery - click here to see all our projects about Naruse Inokuma.

Setagaya Flat by Naruse Inokuma Architects

Another recent project to feature unfinished walls is a Paris cafe filled with scientific apparatus - see the story here.

Setagaya Flat by Naruse Inokuma Architects

Photography is by Masao Nishikawa.

Here are some more details from Naruse Inokuma Architects:

Setagaya Flat

This is an interior project of an apartment house built with box frame construction. The flat has favorable circumstances, a largish plan and location where third floor in category 1 low-rise exclusive residential district. But, on the other hand, there is difficulty that hardly modifies walls.

Setagaya Flat by Naruse Inokuma Architects

So we made elaborative adjustment for whole elements except the wall to create an expanse of space while using existing wall.

Setagaya Flat by Naruse Inokuma Architects

To be concrete, leaving a plan structure that organized by long corridor on the north side of the flat and rooms access from the corridor as it is, put dramatic finishing on one facade of each room and arranged a kitchen, display shelf and countertop by layer.

Setagaya Flat by Naruse Inokuma Architects

In a living room, those elements seem overlapped, and that makes a space more dynamic.

Setagaya Flat by Naruse Inokuma Architects

Four different finishing materials used; exposed concrete, cement rendering, putty with clear coating, and larch plywood. Exposed concrete is old skeleton and larch plywood is new. But cement rendering and putty, actually appeared on the wall after taking off wallpaper, and. we overlay cement and putty on them. By frequently using intermediate material, which is new but from old element, remarkable interior is realized. Here, old building fit in new well and age-old beauty remain.

  • rioja red

    lighting designer should be sacked.

  • admptr

    This plywood surfaces reminds me Leo Burnetts HQ. Raw, Raw, Raw elegance.

  • It seems Muuto is doing great business in Japan with their E27..

  • schlubbor

    am curious how it is going to look like when finished.

  • David

    Are the stools photoshopped in?

  • Adarsha

    Though the start point of the design was interesting, yet there seems to be something missing…

  • thom

    What sort of sliding door system is used? I don't see any rail system above the door. It can't be that the door is only positioned on a floor rail.

    • fckw

      did you get a response? i was asking myself the same question when looking at the doors, and am curious how it works.

  • maxmelo

    Very aesthetic raw look. But what about acoustics? A carpet at least would be essential.

  • Bill Chan

    The system is called magic by Vetro. It has no tracks!–Concealed-Sliding-System-for-Wood-Door-_p_305.html

  • David job

    Beautifully designed space. I think it’s quite limiting for the residents though as it can only work visually if kept practically empty.

  • Joel

    So now lazy work counts as design? I’m only half kidding here.