“A renovated project of a one-room apartment, reimagined through the integration of meticulous design elements.”
This project involved the renovation of a 24-year-old apartment building located in Tokyo. The existing building consisted of 23 units, each ranging from 16m² to 19m² in size, with structural walls dividing the interior spaces. Instead of completely overhauling the floor plans, the goal was to enhance and highlight certain elements commonly found in traditional one-room apartments. This was achieved by expanding features such as wall-to-wall closets and long counters, creating unique and distinctive living spaces that are compact yet unparalleled.
The main entrance was designed with security in mind, featuring an auto-lock system facing the road. Additionally, a special technique was employed to create an original pattern on the walls, which changes its appearance based on the lighting and time of day, resulting in an impressive and dynamic space. Attention was also given to the smallest details, such as room numbers and nameplates in the common corridors, in order to avoid the generic and mass-produced aesthetics commonly associated with one-room apartments. The aim was to create a collective housing complex with a unique appeal.
As a result, the apartments were fully occupied immediately after the recruitment phase, marking a fresh start for this project.