Sinato hides two bedrooms behind an
L-shaped wall in Fujigaoka M apartment

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Tokyo architecture studio Sinato added a L-shaped wall into the centre of this apartment in Japan to partition off space for two new bedrooms (+ slideshow).

Fujigaoka M apartment by Sinato

Sinato renovated the 64-square-metre Fujigaoka M apartment in Yokohama for a married couple, adding a wall in the centre that incorporates shelves, a seating ledge and storage, and encloses the master bedroom and a guest bedroom behind it.



Fujigaoka M apartment by Sinato

"The L-shaped wood wall that serves as the partition between the open space and the sleeping area is a large piece of furniture where you can hang a picture, store books, sit or even roll around, allowing it to become a symbol uniting the house," said designer Chikara Ohno, whose other projects include a shop interior for Diesel and a Tokyo boutique with overhead display space.

Fujigaoka M apartment by Sinato

An original concrete wall in the 26-year-old apartment has been kept to form a division between the two bedrooms, and concrete ceiling beams have also been left exposed.

Fujigaoka M apartment by Sinato

The rest of the surfaces have been painted in a palette of tonal greys or finished in wood, providing a softer, more tactile contrast with the concrete structure.

Fujigaoka M apartment by Sinato

Knotty timber flooring contrasts with the smoother grain of the wood on the dividing wall and the paler timber used for the kitchen cabinets and wardrobe.

Fujigaoka M apartment by Sinato

The top section of the new wall has been infilled with glass to increase the flow of light between the rooms, and to give the apartment an unbroken ceiling, helping to expand the sense of space in each room.

Fujigaoka M apartment by Sinato

"In order to allow the occupants to live with greater freedom within a very limited floor area, we thought it was much more effective to connect and overlay the various places, creating the whole of the dwelling," said Ohno.

Fujigaoka M apartment by Sinato

The L-shaped layout creates two wings of communal space – one for the kitchen and dining room, and the other for the lounge and study. The open-plan layout also allows for better cross-ventilation through the apartment.

Fujigaoka M apartment by Sinato

"This space, which we termed the 'inner terrace' throughout our planning, is a wide and bright shared area which becomes a gentle buffer between spaces," added Ohno.

Fujigaoka M apartment by Sinato

Photography is by Toshiyuki Yano.

Fujigaoka M apartment by Sinato
Floor plan – click for larger image
  • villainesta

    Detailing and colour selection very fine, but breaking the bathroom into 3 parts, especially having the lavatory open to the living area, seems odd.

    • McBall

      That’s a cultural thing you are talking about, not design. It’s Japan.

    • Toilets in Japan are often separate from the bathroom.

  • spadestick

    With all these types of Japanese open bedrooms, it’s no wonder love hotels abound.

  • Wow! What an amazing idea. Great execution and functional aspect. Love it!