Kitasenzoku Apartment / Tomoyuki Kurokawa Architects

Kitasenzoku / tomoyuki kurokawa architects
© Takumi Ota

As you find in Silicon Valley of the United States, I would like to produce a model case near Tokyo Institute of Technology, creating and developing a synergistic cycle for this university, companies and the neighboring towns

This wish of a client was realized as a project to design and build an architectural complex at the site near the university, consisting of the office of the client’s company, the shared-room style student residences, and the residences for the staff members and the client.

Kitasenzoku / tomoyuki kurokawa architects
© Takumi Ota

This site is located within the shopping district near the university. An entrance hall is situated along with a town street and opened to the city, so that the open area can be used as a lecture space for the students, or as a casual drop-by space for any city residents. The common hallway from the entrance hall is also designed as the extending passage from the town street, equipped with benches, lightings and plants for creating the atmosphere of a city street.

Kitasenzoku / tomoyuki kurokawa architects
© Takumi Ota

A shared space used by the students is also opened to this common hallway, producing a casual and inviting atmosphere for the staff members. The whiteboard paint finish of the wall in this space allows them to draw on the wall, promoting casual and daily discussions among students and staff members. There is a private space for the students separated by the tunnel-like space behind the staircase.

Kitasenzoku / tomoyuki kurokawa architects
© Takumi Ota

The building form was derived from the calculations of setback and shadow-casting regulations, while the volume of the building was defined by the necessary areas and spaces for the residences and users–as a result, balconies are produced as gaps between those two design criteria in three-dimensional manner. While those balconies could be shared by the residents through void spaces with maintaining their own privacies, such three-dimensional condition does not clearly divide the void space into pieces for an attached property of a particular residence.

Kitasenzoku / tomoyuki kurokawa architects
© Takumi Ota

Because this building has a prominent volume within the surrounding neighborhood, there is no clear and distinguishable front or back side of the building. The building volume is reduced by the sense of openness created by the openings on all elevations of the building.

Kitasenzoku / tomoyuki kurokawa architects
© Takumi Ota

It is intended to design a building focusing on the relationships among people, or a building and the urban environment–and hopefully this building helps develop intimate communication between the client and residents, among residents, and even with the students and city residents to become part of such communication.

Project Details:
Location: Ota-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Site Area: 145.78 sq.m. ; Building Area: 97.72 sq.m.
Architects: Tomoyuki Kurokawa Architects
Photographs: Takumi Ota

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Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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