PIYO BUILDING. Tokyo Japan (2013)

This Project is singular for its location. The client of the project is a restless friend. She is an university professor and Japanese writer. She asked us to design a little house with Barcelona’s character in the Tokyo’s center, Japan. We wanted to answer her needs and wishes. And also understand the spaces and building system in Tokyo. We worked in the house`s concept during different working sessions in many places of Europe (Paris, Menorca, ...).Later on, we made contact with a Japanese architect, M. Ishi, to develop the normative and constructive aspects.

The building stands surrounding a Mediterranean courtyard. The views and the crossed light entries are enhanced. Where the access the house was placed was very important.

The building is composed by two floors and an attic. In the lower floor, you can find two apartments to rent, and in the upper floor in where the main program is developed.

In the interior design of the house, was very important where we placed the living room related to the courtyard’s views. The open kitchen is connected to the living room, and gives a functional and open space, a European character.

From the lower floor you can access using a wood stairs to the entrance hall, organized to be a reading room. In the same floor you can also find a traditional tatami room, the bathroom and a study. The workspace is defined with a big library, where the books are the protagonists. From the library, by using a light stair, you go to the bedroom and the upper balcony. That allows to have a Tokyo's house from the roof view, like happens in all Mediterranean.

The building has concrete foundations and is constructed with modular wood system with the requirements of the anti-earthquake laws.

The experience of projecting a building in another country that has other traditions for architecture and for culture had been very positive. It has allowed us to cross over many conceptual barriers,... also, learn new constructive techniques. I wish to continue.