DAMIR is an urban private housing built on an extremely small 30m2 plot. Located in the downtown Tokyo, where old and new coexist in the form of old houses and stores and large-scale apartment buildings. The owner of the house grew up in this area and decided to rebuild one of the two tenement houses that he inherited from his father into a five-storied house. An architectural plan that makes use of the characteristic position of the site located at the corner of a crossing has been developed.

Employing a checkered pattern on the three sides facing onto the roads enabled a view from the interiors to all directions and a striking exterior.

A reinforced-concrete wall structure was adopted in order to reduce the wall thickness as much as possible because of the limited size of the site. The ground and first floors were respectively designed to be leased out to a real-estate company and for residence. Entering from the door on the ground floor, a spiral staircase leads to the upper floor where more light pours in and the windows frame a richer view.

Leasing out the ground floor to secure an income and securing permanence in urban life by dividing the private and the public has by now become a standard choice. This monumental architectural work will become part of history as a new landmark of the neighborhood.


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所在地 Higashi-Ueno Taito ward Tokyo
Completion 2009.12
Lot area 31.34㎡
Site area 22.71㎡
1F floor area 19.22㎡
2F floor area 22.71㎡
3F floor area 22.71㎡
4F floor area 22.71㎡
5F floor area 22.71㎡
PH floor area 2.80㎡
Total floor area 112.86㎡
Structure RC
Scale 5F+PHF
Typology Private housing
Family structure A couple (30s) + a child
Structure engineers Masaki Structures Laboratory
Kenta Masaki
Facility engineers Shimada Architects
Zenei Shimada
Construction Maekawa Construuction
Photographer Masao Nishikawa
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