Japanese architect Takanobu Kishimoto completed the Platform House, a modern dwelling that from afar, looks like a train car that’s pulled into a station platform. Upon closer inspection, however, the train platform structure reveals itself to be a cozy wood-lined home that expands into the adjacent train car for extra space. The adaptive reuse house is located in Takasago City in Hyogo, Japan.
When architect Takanobu Kishimoto was commissioned to build his client’s house, he originally planned to remove the old train car that occupied the site. After he learned that the old relic had historic significance and previously served as a community center, Kishimoto resolved to integrate the train car into the new home design. He continued the train theme by building a platform-shaped house with an angled roof that extends outwards to partially shelter the train under its canopy.
In contrast to its cool, metal exterior, the angular home is predominately lined with wood surfaces. Its long and rectangular open floor plan matches the footprint of the adjacent train car. The repurposed train car primarily serves as firewood storage for the family’s wood-burning fireplace; however, the train car is also used as an extra light-filled playroom and living room.
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Images via Takanobu Kishimoto