panda | Schemata Architects / Jo Nagasaka

panda | Schemata Architects / Jo Nagasaka

living room

‘panda’ is a renovation project of a family-type room of an apartment that was built 18 years ago.

kitchen with dining area

Its plan (with a living room, dining room, kitchen and 3 person rooms) reflects the average family structure in Japan at that time.

view from the bathroom

This layout has since become out-of-date and has been largely replaced by the studio-type apartment with more spatial openness, reflecting changes in the make-up of the average family. We strove to reflect this social change in the project.


The unchangeable part of the structure of the building appears around the windows, like black patches around a panda’s eyes, by overlaying a contemporary and open layout onto the existing structure of the building.

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floor plan – before/after

architects: Schemata Architects / Jo Nagasaka
location: Mitaka, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
function: condominium
project team: Jo Nagasaka + Toshiharu Ono
construction: TANAKA Construction
total floor area: 75.30 m²
completion period: February 2005
photographs: Daici Ano


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