The exterior of this very traditional wood-framed house in Utsunomiya, in the northern Kanto region of Japan, belies its daredevil interior. For a modern-minded young family of three who requested bright, open quarters, the architects at No. 555 in Tokyo took down all nonessential walls. And then they tossed in some curves.
There are now bare studs, translucent and curtained partitions, exposed conduit, and very few doors. Remember the industrial High Tech look of the 1970s also known as structural expressionism? Consider this an artful Japanese update of the movement.
Photography by Masatoshi Mori courtesy of No.555.
Ground Floor with Curved Partitions
Curtained Second Story
A Glimpse of the Exterior
We have been avidly chronicling the work of No. 555 architecture for years. Here are some other favorite projects:
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- An Inventive Sliver of a House in Tokyo
- The Nonchalant Family Home by No. 555
Frequently asked questions
What is the article about?
The article is about a suburban remodel done in Tokyo which incorporates interior curves to create a playful and inviting atmosphere.
What was the inspiration for the remodel?
The inspiration for the remodel was camping and the idea of bringing the outdoors inside.
What is the style of the remodel?
The style of the remodel is modern and minimalist, with a focus on natural materials and earthy tones.
What are some unique design features in the remodel?
Some unique design features in the remodel include curved walls, a floating staircase, and a hidden door disguised as a bookshelf.
What is the color scheme of the remodel?
The color scheme of the remodel is primarily neutral, with shades of white, beige, and brown. Accents of green and blue are also present.
Who designed the remodel?
The remodel was designed by architect Takashi Yanai of the firm Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects.
What is the overall feel of the remodel?
The overall feel of the remodel is warm, inviting, and playful, with a focus on natural elements and a connection to the outdoors.
What is the location of the remodel?
The remodel is located in a suburban area of Tokyo, Japan.
What are some challenges the architects faced during the remodel?
Some challenges the architects faced during the remodel included working with a small lot size, incorporating curved walls and spaces, and creating a sense of privacy and seclusion in a suburban setting.