Young couple ‘builds new life together’ with concrete

A renovation project in a mass-produced apartment building, brings new meaning to concrete.

As opposed to hiding it away, or covering in paint or texture, this room makes it the feature.The owners, a young couple had various hobbies which involve keeping pets such as reptiles and collecting antiques.


As a result of revolved around the residential space as an intermediate area between the inside and outside, and its configuration is that tolerant of tough uses.

By removing all the existing partitions and inserted a single independent wall to loosely connect the public and private areas. The interior walls were covered with clean wallpaper usually made by plaster boards affixed on studs, but their appearance was too weak compared to the rough texture on concrete building frame surface that was proposed to the clients.

Instead, a construct of a concrete block wall, composed by the primitive act of “piling up”, and comparable to the concrete building frame having rough texture and massiveness.

Concrete block is generally a low-cost building material, but it is made of real stone, which gives it a sense of dignity. The surface of the block is polished and stacked with a fine grained surface to bring out a sophisticated and dignified appearance. The dignity of the wall provides a space for two people to live together, giving a sense of comfort to the public and the private.

Images by Yohei Sasakura via ArchDaily






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