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Uniquely Tokyo: Metal and Perforated Dots

House by Hiroyuki Moriyama

Dezeen magazine, one of the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design magazines, recently featured a stunning building that houses five individual duplex apartments, including the one for the owner of the site. Click here for the entire article with more photos, and here below is an excerpt.

House by Hiroyuki MoriyamaLocal architect Hiroyuki Moriyama, has created this compact residential building with perforated steel panels encompassing the private enclosures around the balconies.

Hiroyuki Moriyama Architect and Associates was asked to create five residential properties on a plot measuring just seven metres wide and 20 metres deep, without going above four storeys.

The biggest challenge was to bring enough light into each home without compromising residents’ privacy. One of the solutions Moriyama came up with was to create lightwells at the front of the building.House by Hiroyuki Moriyama

Each of these open-air enclosures is fronted by a screen of perforated metal panels, allowing light and ventilation to filter through, while also permitting views out for occupants.

Balconies for the two street-facing properties are contained behind these dot-patterned walls.

The building has a concrete frame. Aside from the perforated steel screens, exterior materials are kept simple, with white render and a few areas of stainless steel.

Inside, the two upper floors accommodate the largest of the five properties – a home for the client – and one other two-storey residence. Three remaining two-level apartments occupy the ground and first floors.

Interior finishes are also kept simple, with wooden floors and white walls.

High levels of insulation in the walls between each home make each one almost entirely soundproof.

Moriyama claims you can play an instrument in one home and not be heard by the neighbors. 

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