2016年 ミナミダイ ノ ナガヤ


A variable space that connects time
Located in Minamidai, Nakano-ku, Tokyo, the project was planned in the infill of a residential area, 15-minutes walk from the nearest station. Considering how blessed the location is, and how coveted it could become in the future development of the city, the priority was to guarantee a time adaptability, to respond to the possible upcoming changes, lifestyles diversity and living standards.
Therefore, the size and the layout of the housing units are modular to anticipate potential renovations. To enhance this adaptability, the boundary walls between each apartment are put in place thanks to a dry constructive method. Meanwhile, the floor is essentially kept as its structural appearance comparable to a “dirt floor”, reminding the old days when a real dirt floor was used for the living room. The minimum of finished floors are slightly raised above the slabs, to make them look like part of furnitures. This way, the wire space is placed in between the “dirt floor” and the finished floor, to ensure the flexibility of the plan. This “dirt floor” is the extension of the front road, it embodies the premises to capture the alley space inside the building and guiding us from the front road through the passage until the interior. The project was ambiguously divided into 3 zones embracing their proper status, an external space (threshold / veranda), a semi-indoor space (dirt floor), and an indoor space (furniture).
Originally, a total of 6 residential units were planned. However, during the construction process, we decided to increase the proportions of the living room facing the northern diagonal. From 3 units to 2, this change has been possible thanks to the system originally configured for the future. Implementing such a change during the construction phase has proved the applicable flexibility of the building. Thanks to non permanent installations such as pipes for the water supply on the 1st floor, dry method for the finished floors and walls, the project stands as a model of evolutivity for the time coming. The building is seen as a connector of time, supporting the past, present and future expectations. The future is a constant adjustment, where addition and subtraction are variables that can freely reshape the project’s layout.

1F 58.93m²
2F 55.05m²
3F 55.05m²

Site area : 116.55m²
Total floor area : 169.03m²
1F 58.93m²
2F 55.05m²
3F 55.05m²
Use : Row house (5 units) – reinforced concrete construction
Year (completion) : 2016
Architects : BE-FUN DESIGN
Structure : Nawakenjimu
Construction : GS Build Co., Ltd.
Photographs : Hiroyuki Hirai