TOASt designs flexible accommodation facilities in tokyo
Between the commercial area of Shibuya and the residential area of Shoto in Tokyothe architecture firm TOASt has produced a Hotel renovation. The building has five levels in total, but the restoration took place in three of them. The aim of the project was to form flexible accommodation spaces that also promote interaction through other activities. Although the existing building is decorated in a Western style, the architects decided to add so-called Japanese accents to the final composition, merging them with a modern touch.
To meet these requirements, the design team opted for a layout centered around a hall, placing the bedrooms on the perimeter of the house. In doing so, a lot of space is freed up in the heart of the apartment, while respecting the requirements for privacy in the bedrooms. all images by Jumpei Suzuki
modular elements form a flexible living space
The building is located near downtown Shibuya, however, ‘it’s a place where you can feel the atmosphere of a quiet residential area in Shoto,’ share TOASt.Le architects has converted three floors of the five-storey building into small accommodation facilities that resemble “Minpaku” housing — private residences temporarily taking tenants for a short period of time.
In addition to the practical function of the slumber party, the design team sought to encourage a more collective experience during the stay. This goes through the layout of the spaces. A large flexible room invites guests to congregate and participate in various activities, such as cooking or working, but also offers the possibility of privacy and tranquility. Sliding doors and modular walls can transform the apartment into a one-room space if and when desired.
Although the existing building is decorated in a Western style, it is a hotel primarily for incoming tourists. For this reason, the design team sought to retain some traditional Japanese elements seen in a local home, such as “engawa,” and “shikiri”, but merge them with a more modern touch. ‘Rather than using the expressions above, I intended to provide an experience of the Japanese-style space inherent in the composition,’ commented the architects.
combining traditional Japanese style elements with a modern twist
promote interaction between tenants