Just when we thought Tokyo couldn't possibly fit in another new home, we came across this industrial chic private residence in the heart of Japan's capital. Designed by Keiji Ashizawa with signature Japanese flair, the multi-level home has a rough steel frame and metal cladding that suited the owner's budget while still maintaining a contemporary aesthetic.
It was very important to maintain a sense of privacy despite the home’s location amid the din of central Tokyo. This is achieved with a near solid cladding illuminated thanks to windows on the south side. The third level ceiling is especially high to maximize how much of this natural light is able to penetrate the interior.
Translucent windows and an outdoor handrail reinforce the home’s urban seclusion, but the interior is warm and inviting. Bare bones furnishings, exposed infrastructure and a unique bookcase round off the home’s modern interior. The bedroom and bathroom are located on the first and second floor to maximize privacy, the living room and kitchen are on the third, and the loft has been used as a small study. Masters of compact city living, the Japanese never fail to impress us with their boundless creativity.