[Design & Staging] Vertical Space by KeiJi Ashizawa

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dining room overlooking the garden, which features a decked terrace

floor-to-ceiling staircase through all floors

the bedrooms are linked via a common planted terrace

outside landscape

House-S by architect Keiji Ashizawa  left: exterior, right: rooftop terrace

All images courtesy of Design Boom and Wallpaper Magazine

I attribute my creative use of tight space to my former NYC residency.  It was also then that I began to notice Scandinavian designs and modern Japanese architecture.  One is minimalist and functional (Ikea is great on the cheap) while the other is Modernism (specifically Frank Lloyd Wright influenced) infused with traditional Zen sensibility. Both design concepts are multi-functional and excellent choices at maximizing living space.     

House-S is the latest residential project by young Tokyo-based architect Keiji Ashizawa. Located in a quiet residential area only roads away from the busy Tokyo business district, it was built for a professional couple with two young kids.  Connection with the outside world was essential for the clients, so this became the design concept theme. Ashizawa created large floor-to-ceiling openings towards the ground floor garden.  In addition, the double-height dark wood-clad sitting room enhanced the feeling of spaciousness.  

This property boasts the luxury of space, as well as a terrace/garden on every single floor including the roof!  The structure may appear small from the outside, but House-S is a far departure from the standard compact architecture that has come to define Japanese houses.

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