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Wooden Forest Apartment by Ikeda Yukie Architects

Japanese architects Ikeda Yukie have completed Wooden Forest Apartment, a renovation of an old two-storey wooden house in Nakano, Tokyo.

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The architects have retained and exposed the building's original wooden columns but wrapped everything else in white, leaving a  forest of columns piercing each floor.

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Photos are © Koichi Torimura.

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Here's some text from the architects:

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Wooden Forest Apartment

Renovation of an old wooden house

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Originally, the second floor was an old style Japanese dormitory with several walls dividing the floor into tiny rooms.

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Since then, numerous renovations and extensions were carried out. Immediately prior to our joining the project, the second floor was used as a part of family house - a bit chaotic and still with a scattering of columns, remnants of the old walls.

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In order to comply with Japanese law, any changes to the structure of a wooden house situated in a fire protection area would require approval and take considerable time.

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The client was interested in a quicker turn-around and therefore we could not remove the all-too-many forest-like columns.

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The remaining structures other than columns weren’t suitable to be seen. We started by wrapping them which allowed for the forest-like columns to stand out beautifully.

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To counteract the ‘busy-ness’ created the columns, we placed between them movable boxes which function both as storage and partition.

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In order to minimize the other elements, we utilized white wrapping. This ultimately resulted in forest-like columns as colours seemingly floating in space.

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Project data

Architect/Ikeda Yukie Architects  Ikeda Yukie, Ohno Toshiharu
http://www.snowpict.com/
site/Nakano Tokyo Japan
principal use/House, Apartment
*photos are only of 2F
1st floor : owner’s bed rooms
2nd floor : 3 rooms for rent
structure/2nd floor wooden house
total area/118.5m2
completion/2009 Mar.

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