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A life with large opening | ondesign partners

Words by mooponto Staff

June 16, 2013


A very small land in a very high density city, Tokyo.

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Discover new style of usage as a living environment, which compact urban house cannot carry, inside a small outer space the “opening”.

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The “opening” is a place to move from one building to another building, it is a bay window to put a flower pot, and a space where furnitures can crowd out.



cat stairs

cat stairs

living room and work area

living room and work area


opening with multiple catwalks

opening with multiple catwalks



The “opening” take root in daily life, as the people living in this house update how to use and utilize the most of it.

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site plan

first floor plan

second floor plan

third floor plan


top view of balconies in the opening



architects: ON design partners
location: Nezu, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
function: single family house
project team: Osamu Nishida + Naoko Mangyoku
structural engineering: Ryuji Tabata/ASD
construction: Shinei
site area: 30.07 m²
built area: 18.03 m²
total floor area: 50.70 m²
structural system: wood frame – hand built (3F)
completion period: September 2012
photographs: Ikunori Yamamoto _ courtesy of ON design partners


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