Gold Winner 2022 – KIBA Tokyo Residence - Architecture Collection
Gold Winner of the Architecture & Design Collection Awards 2022

KIBA Tokyo Residence

Housing Multi-Family Architecture Built
Professional Category

Architect / Designer:

Eisuke Yamazaki


SAKAE Architects & Engineers

Design Team:

≫Team Members SAKAE Architects & Engineers: Eisuke Yamazaki / Toshio Yoshikawa Design Cooperation: Hiroshi Sakaguchi Structural Design: Hiroshi Takeda Facility Design: Koichi Nagashima General Contractor: KANEKO Komuten ≫Project Credits SAKAE Architects & Engineers


Koji Fujii / Yuichi Higurashi


≫Concept The project is to rebuild a residential building on a small site of Tokyo *KIBA. For adaptation of the various lifestyles and improving the added value of the building, we designed multiple spaces by using exceptional cases of maisonnette style housing to the building standard law. Also, we attempted to put the building in harmony with the historic and specific site of KIBA which was known for lumber dealings. We try to make new values and new lifestyles from the inside, and to show historical and cultural heritage from the outside. *KIBA: “KI” means wood, and “BA” means town. ≫The capability of a small residential building in a city. We have been witnessing the problems of the deterioration of old buildings and the excess number of open spaces on a small site of Tokyo lately. Most of those properties in fact have been wiped out by the urban renewal. In this project, we endeavored to explore the capability of a small residence on a small site in the center of Tokyo. In order to adapt the various lifestyles of the city as well as maximize the potential of the small building, we designed the structure with multiple spaces based on the lifestyle despite the strict restrictions given by the size of the site. Therefore, we accomplished to have three different types of housings, namely a residence for one person (Type A), a couple (Type B) and a family with children (Type C) in a single building. Even though the size of the building is small, the different types of housings are being together, therefore constructed the fine community of a residence in a city. ≫Re-creating the landscape of Edo Tokyo KIBA. As for the site, due to the huge quantity of the land as well as the access to the water in the center of Edo Tokyo, there used to be lots of lumber retailers that had its lumbers piled up in front of the store as well as leaned against its entrance in KIBA. However, since most of the business moved its location to New-KIBA in 1981, we no longer see the original landscape. Taking this issue into consideration, the facade of the building is designed by an image of the original landscape of KIBA. The facade consists of two elements, the latticework, and the wooden louver. A design of the grid windows and sashes comes from the Kouraiya latticework, which is one of the most iconic latticework of the Edo period. The wooden louver reminds us of the original landscape of KIBA which was the lumber leaned against the entrance of a lumber retail shop vertically. ≫KIBA Tokyo Residence In this project, we took account of these previously mentioned factors in terms of the design for the inside and the outside of the building. KIBA Tokyo Residence is designed to evoke people’s memories of the site, and at the same time, to ensure that the original landscape of KIBA will remain in people’s memories in the future.

SAKAE Architects & Engineers

SAKAE Architects & Engineers is a Japanese architectural firm based in Tokyo Japan, established in 1963. The firm has designed numerous works which are office buildings, public buildings, educational, residential, medical, commercial, industrial, and more. The firm provides various architectural services, as well as planning and design. CEO (Principal Architect) Eisuke Yamazaki has received a diploma of the Master of Architecture at Pratt Institute in New York, USA, after graduate school of architecture in Japan, also has a first-class architect license in Japan. He has received some international architecture awards and design awards.

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