Occupying a nook plot within the Sendagi district of Tokyo, Casa Nano 2.0 is a renovation of a postwar home constructed within the late Fifties.
“The home has a quite simple facade system to guard the home windows, a system known as amado, the place you possibly can slide some steel home windows and shut them when there’s a hurricane,” mentioned Studio Wasabi co-founder Rafael Balboa.
The 68-square-metre house has a easy facade with a gabled roof and ridges that jut out to create small awnings.
“For the outside, we solely utilized one materials – which known as Excell Joint – so it seems just like the unique home in an effort to make it extra pure and coherent with the neighbourhood,” mentioned Balboa.
Studio Wasabi labored with Satoshi Kawakami Architects to fully revamp the interiors to be used as an extension of the Casa Wabi artist residency in Puerto Escondido, Mexico or as a house for founder Bosco Sodi and his spouse inside designer Lucia Corredor.
After sponsoring 13 Mexican artists within the authentic Casa Nano at one other location, Sodi wanted extra space and determined to maneuver the residency into a bigger house – Casa Nano 2.0.
The structure studios labored with Sodi and Corredor to open up the house, creating an open-concept kitchen, including furnishings and shifting the unique staircase.
The primary flooring of the two-storey, cedar-framed construction is concrete, and the second storey’s flooring is manufactured from cedar.
The designers and development firm Washin Architects saved the entire outdated cedar beams and columns, in addition to the home windows from the unique home to protect the essence of the unique constructing.
“For us, it was additionally essential to have the ability to have blackout home windows so we saved the unique pocket steel home windows of the facade of the outdated home to have the ability to shut the home windows fully,” defined Corredor.
The workforce needed to transfer the unique staircase to open up the bottom flooring, so a floating metal staircase was positioned in opposition to the wall on the center of the construction, suspended from the present beams.
“This home, in addition to being a part of the artwork residence of Casa Wabi, was designed to suit our household wants,” mentioned Corredor.
Space for storing was one other essential issue within the design course of, so the structure studios created a shelf unit that hangs from the present beams that stretch across the complete home.
On the second flooring, three separate areas have been included to accommodate a household of 5. The first bed room has a easy format and connects to a small terrace.
A central residing space has a bench with a small studying nook and the seating space was furnished with a classic French couch from the Fifties and an outdated wooden desk from a neighborhood flea market.
The bunk bed room on the finish of the second flooring was constructed for the youngsters or as one other space spot an artist in residence and has entry through a ladder to a small out of doors terrace.
The three areas are divided by Japanese paper sliding doorways with overlaying glass thick sufficient to take care of privateness and let the sunshine circulation into the house.
The doorways and built-in furnishings in addition to the ceiling of the second flooring have been made utilizing Lauan wooden.
Corredor used furnishings from the earlier residence and objects that have been regionally sourced to furnish the house.
“We introduced all of the furnishings we already had within the former Casa Nano,” she mentioned.
“Like our outdated wooden desk that we discovered within the flea market in UENO and our beloved Noguchi lamp to provide heat and light to the house.”
Casa Nano 2.0 will proceed with its residency program, inviting 4 Mexican artists yearly, every for a interval of 1 month.
“Japan has been life-changing for the artists which have been already,” Sodi mentioned.
“Because it was for me after I was invited to an artwork residence in Tokyo nearly 20 years in the past.”
Casa Wabi’s headquarters in Puerto Escondido was designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and options yearly pavilions by worldwide architects together with a purple brick chimney by Mexico Metropolis-based architect Alberto Kalach and a ceramics workshop by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza.
The pictures is by Nao Takahashi.