by Be Fun Design
In a 36-sq-m plot at the edge of Shinagawa, Tokyo, a two-storey dwelling embodies the jaunty spirit of its residents: a young couple who are trekkers and climbers.
The interior is an open vertical space where different areas of the house are defined by volumes instead of simple walls. On the ground floor, the bathroom is in a glass box that rests on an elevated level. Tucked below the bathroom are the bedroom wardrobes, where the simple futons are stored.
A vertical tension is enhanced by the presence of a suspended hollow volume on the first floor. The space is covered with OSB panels to form a climbing wall.
From the exterior, this volume extends through the roof and resembles an oversized chimney. Surprisingly, this chimney doesn’t omit ash or smoke, but people climbing up to a roof terrace.
Photos courtesy Hiroyuki Hirai."