Tama N | sinato

Tama N | sinato

‘Tama N’ is the renovation project of a unit in a twenty-five year old apartment building for a married couple.

the entrance has been extended allowing natural light to enter through an adjacent window

We inserted a single wooden wall into the unit, which is already partitioned by the existing structural concrete walls. Passing from the entrance through the entire interior space, the wooden wall organizes a series of spaces along its length.

the partition assigns each area of the residence its own distinct character

While creating a weak spatial separation with the 35 mm wood wall, as opposed to the strong separation of the existing 200 mm reinforced concrete wall, we adjusted the way of connecting the different spaces through the placement of the openings along the wooden wall.

the dining area of the home

Up to the point that we can no longer properly call them ‘rooms’, a series of spaces is created according to differences in size and brightness. Each space is endowed with a distinct character to suite a lifestyle in which the inhabitants can choose a space corresponding to their task or mood.

the brightly lit tatami space and more private lounge area

the secluded lounge area

the rear of the apartment is bathed in natural light

As well, the entrance area, which was previously a small and dark space, is extended; its lowered floor stretched sideways connecting with the window in the adjacent living space to north side where it draws in light.


view of the dining area from the kitchen

One is able to see the foliage of the trees outside from the entrance area, allowing the entry space to not seem so separated from the exterior environment.

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architects: sinato
location: Tama, Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
function: residence
project team: Chikara Ohno (architect in charge)
lighting design: FDS
construction: Yoshinaga Industry
total floor area: 80.73 m²
completion period: January 2012
photographs: Takumi Ota_ courtesy of sinato


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