Architect Kumiko Ouchi wanted to transform her partner’s 1970s apartment into a truly beautiful and functional space. She did an excellent job hiding anything unsightly while still including the necessary things (kitchen electronics, books, a litter box) in her overall design.
By taking out the walls in the apartment and removing a bedroom, she was able to create an open concept space with a large kitchen that still afforded privacy in the bedroom and bathroom. The hallway doubles as office space, and there are two beautiful balconies for plants.
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Bringing a 1970s Apartment into Modernity
She created a butane-powered “fireplace” in one corner.
Here is the office hallway with plenty of room for books and files.
There are 4 separate closets throughout!
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Very sleek and serene; a place that can quiet the mind after a busy day. It’s lovely. I love the library area that adds a bit of natural wood tones, and the natural light is perfect. It’s a wonderful home.
a — Livable.
b — We think the genkan (traditional Nippon entry) could be a part of the kitchen… with counters a horizontal place to set groceries and such.
c — We think any hall/corridor is wasted space.
We think the ‘office’ in the drag-strip reduces the ability of the worker to remain on-task.
d — We think any sleep zone automatically eliminates windows.
For the benefit of circadian rhythms, we believe any sleep zone needs to resemble the interior of a cave, dark and cool.
e — We think any windows must consider the view, bringing the outside in.
Brilliant and beautiful !! Definitely one of the most impressive small spaces I’ve ever seen!!