Before the renovation, the south side of the apartment had three rooms, but they were connected
into one generous room. The residents laid these conditions; they want a bookshelf that can hold
all their books and also to use few of the chairs they used before. First, a big table (1,2×4,8m) in
the middle of the room so that the side near the kitchen can be used as a dining table and the
side near the bookshelf can be used as a writing desk.
The table is so big that people can be close by or far yet there is always a feeling of being
connected no matter where they sit. Window side floor, (traditional wooden strip of flooring called
‘Engawa’), is made 40 cm higher so that it can be used as a greenhouse or where you can take a
nap in the pleasant sunshine.
Around the big table is a place where you can eat, read, lie or grow plants. With few friends they
can gather around the table and enjoy coffee and sweets or with more people have one pot
Our idea is that the generous room is such a room where residents can feel different possibilities
for their daily life.
principal use: residence (renovation)
location: Sapporo Hokkaido, JAPAN
architect: gl / Sasaki Yusuke + Sekiguchi Satomi (www.ground-line.net)
photograph: Nagai Anna, gl