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2012年05月18日

GARDEN FEEL / H residence

The H residence is a beautifully balanced architecture with both south and north gardens that stands in Mitaka, Tokyo. The couple H moved to Mitaka to give their children access to the schools in the area and asked architect Soichi Yamazaki to design their house. Mr.Yamazaki surrounded the 342.34sq.m land facing the road on the east side with 2.4m walls to maintain their privacy and created gardens full of greens on both the north and south sides. The couple, who lived in Paris and Boston, asked for a bathroom in the main bedroom, ample backyard space, high ceilings and a dignified interior. Mr. Yamazaki proposed the living room and dining room on the 1st floor and the family’s bedrooms and bathrooms on the 2nd floor, separating the private and public zones by the floor levels. He also created a functional space, carefully planning the circulation and storage areas. As a contrast to the hard image exterior, the impression of the interior is soft because of the wood on the walls. The dining room on the west side of the hall and the living room on the south side are circularly connected, and the ample kitchen has the pantry and food storage at the far end. The 2850mm ceiling height creates spaciousness and the Italian ceramic tile floor and the concrete walls with the accent of cherry wood panels create a luxurious impression. The 2 differently designed gardens on the south and north side add charm to this qualified house. The changing color of maple and japanese-zelkova leaves can be enjoyed in the south garden which also brings unity to the living room. The 2nd floor hall is a bright space, which the family calls“ the children’s living room.” The main bedroom and private bathroom were planned at the far end of the hall like a hotel. On the other hand, a family bathroom with a jet bath was planned next to the children’s room. The wife happily comments that each private space is smaller than their previous home, but the family gathers more in the common spaces with this new house. The H residence’s careful selection of everything from materials to the trees, soundly nurtures the family’s life.


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GARDEN FEEL / K residence

The K residence stands in the quiet residential area close to the Shonan beach in Kanagawa. The architect Kenichi Yokobori and Tomoko Komata presented a 2-story wooden house where all the rooms open toward the south, surrounding the courtyard, and utilizing the spacious land. On the first floor, a 23sq.m giant kitchen was placed on the north side of the courtyard, a dining room toward the east and the bathrooms and utility further back. Taking visiting guests into consideration, the living room and dining room were planned separately, placing them on the south side facing the inner terrace. The walnut flooring, staid original furniture, leather sofa and rug, and coordinated dining pendant created a chic and sophisticated interior. In addition, gardens of different styles surround the building. The front garden is very unique and uses coral sand and sandstone, like the ocean. The trees selected are ones that are strong enough to withstand the sea breeze and dehydration. The main feature of the inner terrace in front of the living room is the outdoor Jacuzzi. Because there are houses on the east and south sides, the terrace is surrounded by walls with big openings, to maintain privacy. Rather than making one big garden to fill the remaining area of land, the architects successfully created different types of gardens around the house, which also creates different views from inside.


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Garden Senses / T residence

The owner of T residence in Nerima, Tokyo bought a 6.6m X 15m area of land that stretches east to west on the north side of their home. To create a vegetable garden and an annex to enjoy the hanging scrolls and art, the owner asked Style is Still Living (who designs both the garden and architecture) to create an original garden for all 3 members of the family to enjoy. The biggest challenge was to create both openness and privacy, and to maintain balance with the concrete-wall residence. The garden designer Kayoko Nagahama and interior designer Toshihiko Saito imagined a small tent-like space in the green and proposed a 26sq.m annex. What added a twist to the situation was the desire to have green on the roof and the wall that curves together on the west side. A wildflower mat was laid on the roof part and vines, herbs and perennials were plated on the double layered non-woven material on the wall part. Sand moss (which is strong enough to withstand western sunlight), a water laver made from scraping a big rock and an antique brick create a unique atmosphere in the western garden. On the east side, a deck terrace that overlooks the vegetable garden with a swing was created. And on both ends of the terrace, Prunus incisa and maple were planted with the vegetable and herb garden in the center. By designing both the annex and the garden together, a balanced view from both the inside and outside of the home, and a unique space that balances the environment was created.


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Small style ways

The garden is designed by merging the natural beauty and the sense of the person who looks after the garden. By understanding that the garden is 3D, like architecture, and adding emphasis to the lateral elements, the structure is born into the space. Examples of lateral elements are the trees, fence, wall fountain and waterfalls. The size, color, shape and material of the lateral elements greatly change the impression of the garden. Even if the space is limited, it space feels extended by creating a focal point. Changing the ground levels or the materials of the floor or the wall is effective in making the space look larger. The pond or laver adds depth to the garden as they serve as a mirror reflecting the scenery on the surface of the water. The garden designer Kayoko Nagahama values color, material and form when selecting plants. Just like selecting materials for the interior, the beauty of a garden increases by the awareness of these elements. The best way to achieve design and functionality in a garden is to appoint a professional garden designer. Just like a house where an owner enjoys the aging of materials or selecting the furniture as the owner lives in the house, it is the starting point when a garden is created. By maintaining the garden depending on the growth of the plants, the beautiful form of the plants are created, and as a result, a beautiful garden is created.

Kitchen & Elements / Awatsuji residence

A beautiful grey and white contrast building stands in a quiet residential area. This is the house of Misa Awatsuji, who is the art director of our magazine. The architect Tadao Takaichi created a robust building by making the ground floor and the staircase in RC structure. An open space was created by connecting the terrace to the LDK. What Misa considered most important was the kitchen. She wanted to create a inorganic kitchen that blended with the spaces in view of the kitchen, and a kitchen that showcases her tableware collection. She wanted her kitchen to be of high quality and beautiful and chose Amstyle to create it. The director of Amstyle Mr. Shimizu planned a wide kitchen that stretches horizontally to emphasize the thick beam and 3.3m concrete wall. A unique kitchen where the tabletop can be placed into the cabinet (by moving it 300mm) and where both of the materials stand out was created. The hood was originally made to hide in the cabinet, and the refrigerator was placed in the pantry positioned in the west side of the island kitchen, creating a kitchen that blends into the space by totally hiding its functions.


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Kitchen & Elements / Arai residence

The Arai residence stands in a quiet residential area. The architect Yosuke Inoue planned a 3-story house where the steel structure box is placed on top of the 2-story reinforced concrete building, positioning it toward the north side, and utilizing the flag-shaped land. The approach and courtyard were planned on the south side to bring in sunlight and the surrounding greens. The 2nd floor is a spacious living, dining and kitchen area with a 4.5m void. The floor and doors are a basic dark walnut material and the windows are custom-made steel frames with wooden blinds. The strong impact of concrete, wood and steel balances well with the antique goods, and the interior looks very modern even with all the different kinds of ethnic art. The kitchen is also made with concrete and wood. The custom kitchen manufacturer Credo created the kitchen. The kitchen was planned so the left-handed owner can cook smoothly, and efficiently places the kitchen goods the owner possesses. An original storage area with a dining table and bench was placed in between the dining room and kitchen, and stores a lot of goods and creates a circular movement that gently divides the open space.


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Close-up / Amstyle kitchen

Order kitchen manufacturer Amstyle was founded in Daikanyama, Tokyo in 1999. What garnered attention was the low gravity point balance where a solid thin stainless countertop is placed on top of a cabinet. The thickness of the countertop can be changed depending on the interior space and the side panel design. Recently, thicker countertop designs that raise the gravity point is increasing. The drawer height is also larger on the top and smaller on the bottom. Because the design is simple and minimal, the total volume proportion, the drawer size and the material finish are very important. In most cases, kitchen sizing is based on the size of the equipment (450mm or 600mm), but there is no standard sizing at Amstyle. One of their policies is the prime number sizing. 17, 19, 31… Amstyle uses numbers in their drawings that most designers avoid, such as numbers that cannot be divided. The beauty of random sizing is what makes Amstyle different from others. Also, attention is paid to details such as countertop material, sink corners, and drawer edges. The philosophy of keeping the highest quality is what all Amstyle kitchen express.


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