The client, who works as a manager of a publishing company, wanted a life surrounded by his favorite books and other objects. He purchased a corner plot in a dense, mature residential area located in an uptown Tokyo neighborhood. As we had to maximize what we could accomplish with this project using the limited budget available, we decided to incorporate the wooden structural frame into the design, and treat the floor, ceiling and walls of the house as a complete, integrated entity – in short, a house where all the furniture and fixtures would already be built into it. Storage space and shelving that made use of the structural wall covered the entire north face of the house, boldly spanning the first through third floors. The idea was to make the books on the shelves a part of the interior scheme of the home. The lauan (tropical plywood typically used in cosmetics) that was used for the walls and furniture has a delicate appearance, while the natural color spotting gives one the impression of an unfinished wood surface. Natural light streams into the house through the randomly placed windows and skylight, creating an exquisite contrast to the slightly dim interior. The right amount of shadow is a necessary complement to the beauty of light, after all. While the first floor houses individual rooms, the second storey features a spacious stairwell, while the third floor consists of a single, large space. The floor, walls and ceiling all feature similar wood finishes, resulting in a continuous space that seems to envelop the inhabitants in a cozy, cave-like environment. The red facade, which draws its inspiration from the red entrance gate of nearby Tokyo University, blends effortlessly into its green, leafy surroundings. Despite the fact that this was a newly constructed home, ROUGE manages to create the impression that it has already been a part of this neighborhood for some time – something that was achieved thanks to a rational balance emerging out the project’s budget constraints, legal restrictions, and the humility of the client.


  • Location Bunkyo word Tokyo
    Completion 2011.12
    Lot area 55.00㎡
    Site area 36.43㎡
    1F floor area 34.36㎡
    2F floor area 36.43㎡
    PHF floor area 2.52㎡
    Total floor area 73.31㎡
    Structure Timber
    Scale 2F+PHF
    Typology Private housing
    Family structure A couple(40s)+2children
    Structure engineers Denkohbo
    Denbo Nakamura
    Facility engineers Shimada Architects
    Zenei Shimada
    Construction Honma Construction
    Photographer Koichi Torimura
  • 所在地 東京都文京区
    竣工 2011年12月
    敷地面積 55.00㎡(16.64坪)
    建築面積 36.43㎡(11.02坪)
    1F床面積 34.36㎡(10.39坪)
    2F床面積 36.43㎡(11.02坪)
    PHF床面積  2.52㎡( 0.76坪)
    延床面積 73.31㎡(22.17坪)
    構造 木造
    規模 地上2階+PH階建
    用途 専用住宅
    家族構成 夫婦(40代) 子供2人
    構造設計 傳工房
    設備設計 シマダ設計
    施工 本間建設
    建築写真 鳥村鋼一