House for a young couple in Tokyo / Junya Ishigami
Tokyo House for a Young Couple | © Junya Ishigami + Associates

The ‘House for a Young Couple’ in Tokyo, envisioned by the Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, redefines urban living with its innovative design. Nestled within its cubic structure, the house features a tranquil small garden, artfully blending the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces. The project demonstrates Ishigami’s mastery in creating a harmonious balance between nature and modern living, offering a serene oasis in the heart of the bustling city.

House for a Young Couple Technical Information

The objective is to create a new type of hybrid space that could not have been conceived either by contemporary architecture or classical architecture alone.

–  Junya Ishigami

House for a Young Couple in Tokyo Photographs

House for a young couple in Tokyo / Junya Ishigami
© Junya Ishigami + Associates
© Junya Ishigami + Associates

House for a Young Couple in Tokyo 

In a suburb of Tokyo where architecture is seen as “a landscape comprised of a repetition of nothing but ready-built houses that continue endlessly,” this house inverts the outside world onto the building’s interior, inserting a microcosm of nature into the deeply artificial environment of the city.

The exterior has a cuboid geometry with linear rows of glazing, revealing glimpses of the unusual residential arrangement. The facade is understated to the point of anonymity and is treated as an exercise of abstract compositional work. Its minimal ornamentation is divided by contrasting open and closed panels, almost perfectly camouflaging it into its mundane urban surroundings.

However, on the interior, a miniature forest grows in the dwelling corner, developing an organic playground for its inhabitants. The double-height volume carefully manipulates regular, everyday experiences. A curving line of soil makes its mark on the living room floor as if quietly invading the human-made structure.

House for a Young Couple in Tokyo Plans

Floor Plan of Junya ishigami House in Tokyo
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Roof Plan of Junya ishigami House in Tokyo
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About Junya Ishigami

Junya Ishigami is a Japanese architect born in Kanagawa prefecture in 1974. He is one of the innovative voices in contemporary design. Formerly of the architecture firm SANAA, Ishigami established his practice in 2004.

In 2000, he acquired his master’s degree in architecture and planning at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. From 2000 to 2004, Ishigami worked with Kazuyo Sejima at SANAA before establishing his firm, Junya. Ishigami + Associates.

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