House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

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House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

Every floor of this Tokyo house by Japanese studio Keiji Ashizawa Design opens onto a garden or terrace.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

Located in a quiet residential area, the three-storey House S has a dark, windowless street facade with a recessed porch and wooden front door.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

Inside, a living and dining area spans the entire ground floor and opens out to a garden flanked by trees.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

A winding staircase leads to the two upper storeys, where four bedrooms each have their own dressing rooms.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

A grassy mound and pebble garden occupy the first floor balcony, while two separate doors on the second floor lead out to a large wooden deck and garden.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

From here, an outdoor staircase ascends to another decked seating area that covers the roof.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

Balconies and terraces seem to be a key feature in many of Keiji Ashizawa's projects - see our previous story about a renovated house with covered balconies and a new roof deck.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

Photography is by Daici Ano.

Keiji Ashizawa sent us the following text:


House S

House S is located in a quiet residential area in a center of Tokyo.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

The site is of the house is a cul-de-sac, removed from the main thoroughfares, and was once a samurai residence, so their are old pine and zelkova trees in the area.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

Such surroundings, even in the midst of the city, significantly impacted the design.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

The house includes many gardens on each floor of the house, to bring the surrounding landscape into the house.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

In the end, the house will be part of this larger landscape, and in the meantime the green surroundings will help with privacy.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

The clients wanted to insure that they could enjoy this larger landscape, as well as the art and furnishings that they have collected.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

We extensively discussed both their life style and a setting for these furnishings - and how to mold materials, light, air and space to fit this broader goal.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

All materials, lighting and space are in constructed within the house to work with art and furniture, as well as function.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

Details and colors are considered for these things. They should be silent, but should have an identity. Most of the design details were developed specifically for this house, with this overall purpose in mind, down to handles, steps and windows.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

The structure is complex, but we tried not to make this visible. The space was considered first in terms of the light from the outside, the flow of air, and the planning of art. Enjoyable to see or feel each in the space, and on each level, showing four clear seasons with different light and feelings.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

House-S, take client's name and site name as it was created out of the fusion of the the multitude of things that were important to the site and to the client, rather than for a single, simple theme.

House S by Keiji Ashizawa Design

Site: Tokyo
Architect: Keiji Ashizawa Design

Project architect: Keiji Ashizawa / Rie Honjo
Structural engineer: Akira Suzuki

  • http://www.granitetransformations.com Alex

    This is so f-ing refreshing. a home without plants is just a house

  • Dare

    Great character on design. Great character on house owner. Looove the wood.

  • panulli

    This house looks very lovely to me … but pity it's hard to understand the structure when the floor plan of the ground floor is missing.

    • http://twitter.com/Dezeen @Dezeen

      Thanks for letting us know we missed that! We've added the ground floor plan now.

      • panulli

        Thanks, that's great!

  • Hanno

    What is the total floorspace of the residence? Just curios.

    • Michael

      a mazda rx8 measures 4.4m, do the math :)

      pretty spacious for Tokyo, nevertheless it even looks bigger than it is, grandeur & beatiful details

  • Grd

    It would be great if we can see some photos of the bathroom in third floor. It looks very interesting.

  • edward

    Masterful job at recreating a garden within an urban context. I found the busy ceiling oppressive in pictures, but it may not be in reality.

  • Michael

    Anyone know what the cladding is?

  • Origin All

    great project but i'm not sure how i feel about the bedrooms looking into each other through the courtyard.