Name: Room 407
Designer: Panda Architects
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Room 407 is a minimalist house located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Panda Architects. This project is a renovation of the apartment building located in the business district of Tokyo. The husband is in his late 40’s, while the wife is in her 30’s. Taking into the account the daily commute of the husband, they decided to purchase an apartment within the city center, un-renovated.
Their requests were to have enough closets and storage, to live as spaciously as possible, and to keep their living space stylish and tidy without a lived-in domestic atmosphere. They also requested a living, dining, kitchen space, master bedroom, study, and guest room (to be converted to child’s room in the future). Given these requests, the architects first thoughts were to avoid making monotonous built-in wall closets or simply removing partition walls to make free open space. All rooms are located in sequence along the new diagonal axis. The black and white diagonal split creates exaggerated perspective effect so that the space feels more spacious. And rooms that require privacy are located at both ends of the spatial sequence.