Setagaya, Tokyo / 東京都世田谷区

Located on a commercial street, the rectangular site has a frontage on only 5.8 meters. Spatial composition is determined by three functionally different walls: a U-shaped wall and volume corresponding to the surrounding buildings; a second, self-standing wall with openings at regular intervals in further articulated with an inner glazed wall; and a third, stone-clad wall along the stairs and corridors is linked to the facade wall by stair landings. A pink, curved wall separates the mechanical equipment from the main space. These three walls, each with their own function and expression, are connected by glazed or glass-block walls to emphasize and articulate the effects of light on the space.

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