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Switch by Yuko Shibata

Switch by Yuko Shibata

Japanese designer Yuko Shibata created separate living and working areas in this Tokyo apartment by installing two mobile walls.

Switch by Yuko Shibata

Called Switch, the project features one partition that slides out over the dining table to create a meeting room on one side and library on the other.

Switch by Yuko Shibata

The second bookcase pivots round at the end of the day to reveal a bedroom.

Switch by Yuko Shibata

Photographs are by Ryohei Hamda.

Here are some more details from Shibata:


SWITCH

This is the interior design of a single home office.

Switch by Yuko Shibata

This room was previously used as a residential space.

Switch by Yuko Shibata

It was the owner’ s intent that the floor plan could be changed to completely separate the living and office sections.

Switch by Yuko Shibata

This request was rendered impossible, due to the original structure being of box frame type reinforced concrete construction, with almost all walls acting as supporting building frames.

Switch by Yuko Shibata

The addition of two bookshelves, each with a large door, allowed us to create a space with the ability to adapt from home to office or from office to home, while leaving the original floor plan intact.

Switch by Yuko Shibata

The first bookshelf was added to the meeting room. By moving the large door, the meeting space can be divided in two.

Switch by Yuko Shibata

The space on the side of the bookshelf becomes a library. The large door also includes an opening in order to allow it to pass over the dining table.

Switch by Yuko Shibata

In this way, the table is shared between the library and meeting spaces.

Switch by Yuko Shibata

The second addition was in the bed room.The opening in the bookshelf creates a passage making it possible to approach the shelf from the office, without passing through the bedroom.

Switch by Yuko Shibata

When the door is opened, it creates a partition between the the bedroom and study, and also has the effect of changing the space to a library.

Switch by Yuko Shibata

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Principal Use: home and office
Category: Renovation


See also:

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Interior Living Unit
by Andrew Kline
Les FLKS by
Kapteinbolt
REK bookcase by
Reinier de Jong