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Ten Tokyo residences with minimalist inside designs

Cleverly hid kitchens and delicate picket accents characteristic in our newest lookbook, which collects Tokyo residences characterised by minimalist and serene interiors.

These residences in Japan’s capital are united by their muted colors and an abundance of wooden – components typically related to conventional Japanese inside design.

As one of many world’s most densely populated cities, Tokyo properties typically characteristic smaller flooring plans or much less pure gentle than these situated in additional spacious cities.

Architects and designers have created loads of understated options to those restrictions, resembling inserting space-saving storage into open-plan dwelling areas.

From a flat knowledgeable by conventional Kyoto townhouses to an Airbnb wearing delicate geometric furnishings, listed here are 10 Tokyo residences with minimalist inside designs.

That is the most recent in our lookbooks sequence, which supplies visible inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For extra inspiration see earlier lookbooks that includes concrete loos, cosy cabins and houses with elevators.

Norm Architects and Keiji Ashizawa's minimalist interior design

Kinuta Terrace by Norm Architects and Keiji Ashizawa Design

Two residences inside Tokyo’s Nineteen Eighties-designed Kinuta Terrace condo block had been renovated by Norm Architects and Keiji Ashizawa Design to incorporate extra pure gentle.

The studios reconfigured the ground plans to kind fewer however bigger dwelling areas, that are characterised by clean concrete, timber fixtures and sheer sandy-hued curtains.

“Nature feels built-in into the condo from most rooms in order that, when looking into the courtyard, you possibly can’t fairly inform you’re in a metropolis as immense as Tokyo,” mentioned Norm Architects designer Frederik Werner.

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Minorpoet applies traditional Japanese design to a renovated apartment in Tokyo
Photograph is by Satoshi Shigeta

House in Kitasando by Minorpoet

This Nineteen Sixties condo incorporates a glossy kitchen counter and cupboard space hid behind folding doorways knowledgeable by conventional Japanese screens generally known as Byōbu.

Design studio Minorpoet took cues from conventional Kyoto townhouses for the mission, which includes a hidden kitchen that can not be seen from the lounge.

Minimalist furnishings and finishes match the pared-back theme, together with iconic Finnish architect Alvar Aalto’s stackable picket 60 stool.

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Shibuya Apartment 201,202 by OgawaArchitects
Photograph is by Kaku Ohtaki

Airbnb residences by Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects

Native studio Hiroyuki Ogawa Architects renovated two Airbnb residences in Tokyo’s Shibuya ward with utterly contrasting designs. One has flooring and partitions clad in gentle wooden (major picture), whereas the opposite pairs a luxurious gray carpet with darkish plasterwork.

Neon lighting within the latter condo was chosen to remind friends of the bustling metropolis whereas cork stools, metallic kitchen cabinetry and charcoal-toned accents create a moody ambiance.

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The Life concept apartment by I IN
Photograph is by Tomooki Kengaku

The Life idea condo by I IN

The Life idea condo is an understated residence set inside a Nineteen Eighties constructing by Tokyo design agency I IN. Based on the studio, the mission was created to encourage individuals to rethink renovated residences in Japan, reasonably than favour newbuilds.

An open-plan dwelling area incorporates a kitchen, front room and bed room characterised by reeded glass partitions, stucco partitions and opulent pink walnut joinery.

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Apartment by FrontOfficeTokyo
Photograph is by Toshiyuki Yano

Akasaka condo by FrontOfficeTokyo

Nearly the entire partitions inside this 50-square-metre flat had been changed with multi-functional field models and sliding partitions to make the area really feel greater and brighter.

Native studio FrontOfficeTokyo stripped the condo right down to a single room, which options designated zones to lounge, prepare dinner, eat and sleep.

Uncooked and easy supplies emphasise the utilitarian inside design, together with uncovered ceilings, pale timber flooring and a nook toilet contained in a concrete field.

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Tokyo apartment by Snark Architectures
Picture is courtesy of Snark Architectures

Home in Chofu by Snark Architectures

Snark Architectures renovated an condo in Chofu – a metropolis to the west of downtown Tokyo. Positioned on the base of Mount Takao, the dwelling intends to reflect conventional cabins.

With an open-plan format that references mountain huts, Home in Chofu is characterised by lauan plywood cabinetry and floor-to-ceiling glazing that gives views of the encompassing surroundings.

“The home is the bottom camp connecting mountains and cities,” Snark Architectures director Yu Yamada advised Dezeen.

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Tokyo apartment by G Studio Architects
Picture is courtesy of G Studio

Tokyo Loft by G Studio Architects

Positioned on one of many high flooring of a Nineteen Eighties housing block, Tokyo Loft is short-term lodging that intends to steadiness house comforts with industrial finishes.

G Studio labored with architects Teruya Kido and Suma-Saga-Fudosan to finish the inside look, which incorporates unique sloping concrete partitions that had been illustrated with splashes of white paint in a nod to conventional Japanese washi paper.

Rows of skylights had been added to the partitions to flood the condo with pure gentle, whereas vibrant orange electrical wires and plumbing options had been left uncovered. A freestanding bathtub provides a playful contact to the principle dwelling area.

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J House by Domino Architects
Photograph is by Domino Architects

J Home by Domino Architects

Wood panelling creates “corners, blind spots and niches” in J Home – a pared-back condo renovated to maximise restricted flooring area for a rising household.

Japanese studio Domino Architects used low-cost uncovered plywood for its simplicity, whereas tough concrete within the kitchen provides to the dwelling’s minimalist inside design.

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Motoazabu Apartment sYms
Photograph is by Shigeo Ogawa

Motoazabu House sYms by Kiyonobu Nakagame Architect & Associates 

Diagonally stepped flooring and ceilings create a dynamic format of triangular zones inside a pair of residences in Tokyo’s Motoazabu neighbourhood.

Clean, understated concrete defines the central inside areas, that are surrounded by kitchen worktops and glazed loos.

“What we aimed to do with this construction was to create one thing that might mix with its environment and keep absolute simplicity,” defined architect Kiyonubu Nakagame.

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Opera apartment
Picture is courtesy of Taka Shinomoto and Voar Design Haus

Opera House by Taka Shinomoto and Voar Design Haus

A fabric and color palette influenced by the completely different shades of an Opera cake – a famed French dessert – knowledgeable the “layered” coffee-hued interiors on this condo.

The hallway options sliding geometric cabinet doorways stained in varied shades of brown whereas a mix of shiny, matte and textured coatings cowl the white partitions.

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That is the most recent in our lookbooks sequence, which supplies visible inspiration from Dezeen’s archive. For extra inspiration see earlier lookbooks that includes concrete loos, cosy cabins and houses with cleverly designed lifts.


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