Greetings from Tokyo! 🙂
Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects have configured two shipping containers to create a small mixed-use building on a corner in the Torigoe district of Tokyo. The client, Endosho-Ten, wanted the irregular composition on the site distinguishes the structure from its context, while openness to the outside promotes connectivity with the active downtown area. At the ground level, one of the 40 ft (12 m) volumes is split and separated, housing flexible gallery spaces for public access. A second pod is stacked atop, containing a small office. Constructed by C3 Design, the site area is 54.59 sqm, covered area: 28.82 sqm, total area: 36.66 sqm / 1f: 19.55 sqm / 2f: 17.11 sqm, max height: 5.9 m, and ceiling height: 2.4 m.
Due to Japanese building regulations, standard marine containers are not permitted for permanent structural use. As a result, the container volumes serve as a skin around a wood frame.
As you see, the details of this shipping container home/off are remarkable. Such as; a sliding glass door accesses one of the gallery spaces, the separated pod on the ground floor creates a small courtyard, hatch doors open toward the street corner, the second floor office opens toward the street, wood framing and steel cable bracing provide structure for the shipping containers, and an open tread steel staircase accesses the upper level.
So what do you think? Would you live here? 🙂
Information Source: Designboom
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