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Collection by Cathelijne Nuijsink

Great Indoors

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It’s not easy to transform a 15-foot-wide building site—wedged between houses in every direction—into a home that feels more spacious than its location allows. Mamm-design’s solution was to dedicate two-thirds of this tiny 653-square-foot house in Tokyo to a 20-foot-high garden room to bring a sense of the outdoors in. A centrally positioned evergreen ash anchors the airy terrace, which is paved with complementary gray bricks. The kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and workspace are all connected to the central space, transforming the covered veranda into a surrealistic theatrical setting for day-to-day life.

Pairing living flora amidst stark concrete and devoting most of the essential 653-square-foot interior to a garden…
To achieve a level of comfort on a plot wedged between virtually identical prefab houses, the architects brought in a…
"We tried to achieve a space in which inside and outside co-exist together," architect Akira Mada says. "As we walk…
The central terrace works as a buffer between the study, atelier and bedroom and bathroom located on both sides of the…
The bathroom, finished with a mortar that contains pigments and fine-grained sand, is half sunken in the ground to…
The interior is illuminated by skylights that allow natural light to flood almost every space inside.
The plan and section of the house.
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