rooms weren’t small. Maybe it was because they were filled with the resident’s shoes, a bicycle,
camping equipment including a portable stove and without anyplace to put these made it look
rather messy. Big apartment allowed the resident to spread her belongings around the place.
This remodeling had a small budget so we started by building a wall to divide one room into two
rooms, one as a Japanese traditional style dirt floor “doma” and the other as a living room with a
wooden floor to give a place for the residents belongings. The ‘doma’ was stripped bare of all
surface material, roof and floor, to give a feeling of being in a garden. The living room was meant
to be used as a relaxing space where you can leave your shoes outside and just lie on the floor.
This is the end design.
Residents are living happily. You can put camping chairs to the ‘doma’ and have one pot dish-
parties or read a book in the morning light. In winter knit or read on the wooden floor. The
resident is thinking about hanging curtains to reduce air volume.
This apartment was originally a normal one room apartment which you can find anywhere in
Japan, but it became an apartment where you can enjoy life during the various seasons. ‘Doma’
was intentionally made in such a way that you can feel the outside temperature and feel the
changing of seasons.
Inspired by the residents belongings while creating a place indoors, we found new possibilites
and use for the Japanese style dirt floor-room. The residents can also arrange the room to
whatever they want and enjoy daily life.
principal use: residence (renovation)
location: Sapporo Hokkaido, JAPAN
architect: gl / Sasaki Yusuke + Sekiguchi Satomi (www.ground-line.net)
resident: Like (www.macro-lab.com)
client: Shun (www.macro-lab.com)
wall installation: mangekyo (www.mangekyo.net)