N-House by
Takato Tamagami

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N-House by Takato Tamagami

Japanese architect Takato Tamagami has completed two homes in Tokyo that are tangled around each other.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

Named N-House, the four-storey building for two generations of the same family features pointed overhangs, balcony terraces and a rooftop garden with an overbearing ceiling.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

The whole building jolts around a courtyard that belongs to the smallest residence but is overlooked by both.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

The largest of the two houses has rooms on every storey and has a living and dining room that occupies the entire top floor.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

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N-House by Takato Tamagami

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N-House by Takato Tamagami

Photography is by Masaya Yoshimura.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

Here's some more information from Takato Tamagami:


N-House

This is a two-generation family housing situated on high ground in Tokyo metropolitan area. The housing is composed of two interlocked volumes of A-House and B-House. We intend to provide completely different spatial sequences in both houses.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

The site is 15m(width) x 30m(length), long in south-north direction. Church, which is mainly used as facility for wedding parties, is located on the west side. We created a U-shaped volume and a courtyard in the middle, in order to get enough sunlight from all directions.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

Exterior finish is white cement plaster exposed aggregate finish with coral sand. The white volume sits on the basement, where separate entries to both houses and car parking are located.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

A-House

Tunnel-like entrance corridor leads you to double-height stair hall with sunlight from high side windows. You experience continuous flow of space from dark to light, and it extends into space beyond. Gravel garden, which is covered by the volume above, is located in the middle of the stairs.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

It is a half-exterior space connecting the street and the courtyard, and from the road the front facade looks like floating above it. We regard this space as “raised garden” which can be used as a kind of gallery space.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

On the second floor, studio with ceiling height of 4m is situated. It is soundproof and equipped with shading screens and movie projector screen, so they can enjoy movies and play musical instruments there. There is also a study behind glass partition, so you can work there and enjoy movie at the same time.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

The top floor is allocated for spacious living room, which is 100 m2 in floor area, stretched in south-north direction. By bending the plan in wide v-shape, they can fully enjoy the urban panorama of Tokyo: Roppongi Hills towards the north, Tokyo Tower towards the east and beautiful sunset over the city towards the west.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

B-House

After you enter the front door, you walk through exterior entryway and first see the courtyard at eye level. As you walk up shallow the stairs you gradually see its entire view.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

From all rooms in A-House you can look down the courtyard, so that residents of A-House and B-House can sense each other’s presence by sharing this space.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

Wall of the adjacent church blocks the west side of the site. The courtyard is rather closed, so we intended to improve the environment by making wind blow through “raised garden” into the courtyard, and used white reflective exterior finish so that the walls gives off diffused reflection of sunlight in the space.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

All rooms in B-House are facing the courtyard and its soft diffused light gives a sense of openness and relaxation.

N-House by Takato Tamagami

Project name: N-House
Address: Tokyo
Design Company / Architect: Takato Tamagami Architectural Design / Takato Tamagami

N-House by Takato Tamagami

Construction: Satohide corporation
Scope of work: new construction
Structure: reinforced concrete structure

N-House by Takato Tamagami

Principal use: Residence
Total floor area: 586.87m2
Finish material:

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Exterior wall: white cement plaster exposed aggregate finish with coral sand
Roof: sheet water-proofing
Interior floor (A-House): travertine / rose wood oil finish / carpet

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Interior floor (B-House): rose wood oil finish
Interior Wall (A-House): stucco Semi gloss finish / aluminium panel
Interior Wall (B -House): acrylic emulsion paint finish /exposed concrete

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Interior Ceiling (A-House): stucco
Interior Ceiling (B -House): acrylic emulsion paint finish
Construction Period: 2010.10.18~2012. 2.17

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  • http://www.facebook.com/sasha.melentyeva Sasha Melentyeva

    Most beautiful interior I’ve ever seen.

  • http://twitter.com/burtja @burtja

    Awesome, I came across this house when I visited Tokyo earlier this year. It looked pretty complete from the exterior and I just assumed it had been finished for a while. Great to see the interior too. It seems a bit of a shame that its split in two…..

  • http://Www.parisleaf.com Chadpari

    This is simply stunning architecture. I found myself asking at first what or how this house could possibly resell, but then realized it may never, which is the hope I'm sure.

  • http://www.walnutgreydesign.com/ Mr Walnut Grey

    The interior spaces are a panacea, a way to escape from the outside world. Beautiful.

  • Donkey

    Wow… a tangle indeed. Hard to get a complete sense of it just from pics. Awesome place.

  • Fernando

    Last year I lived in Tokyo for a few months. Around the corner from that house. Very nice neighbourhood but expensive… Two hundred meters or so from Mori tower. Incredible to see that house on internet right now.