“Lyra” is a four-story, eleven-unit apartment building for singles in a residential area of Tokyo.
The building consists of two buildings with a common external space in the center.
Each room from the first to the third floor has openings on the street side and the other side to allow the breeze to pass through.
The balconies on each room are deep and help to ensure privacy of the rooms.
In front of the balconies on the second and third floors on the street side, a narrow and deep lattice is installed to avoid line of sight.
The fourth-floor house is placed on top of the building as an “island” with high sidelights and a sloping ceiling.
The common exterior space has a simple designed external staircase.
The interior space is made of fair-faced concrete walls and ceilings, with a bathroom and a raised seating area of wooden floor.
The raised seating aream, made of Chizu-cedar, functions as a bed at night and a place to relax during the day.
建築写真撮影；篠澤裕 Architectural photography by Hiroshi Shinozawa
Appearance of north-east Lyra
This is a three-story rental residence with a reinforced concrete wall structure on a northeast corner.
East side of Lyra
Viewed from the east road, the third floor with a sloping roof sits on top of a large rectangular structure on the first two floors.
Lyra consists of two buildings, one north and one south, with a wide corridor from east to west between them, which provides access to the second and third floors. Each unit on the first floor is accessed through a porch facing the east street . (Photo bottom right).
Large windows on the first and second floors have steel lattices that connect up and down. The narrow, deep lattice wings provide frontal light and views into the interior while allowing passersby to see the interior The device is designed to make it difficult to see
The steel staircase is made to grow out of the wall, keeping each step strong and simple. In order to make the stepped plates as thin as possible, the folded steel plates are carefully designed and galvanized.
View of the street side from the first floor interior.
Each room in Lyra has a small boardroom (in front) with a gray floor where chairs are used. You can use this room to relax and sit on the wooden floor. The interior walls and ceiling are finished with fair-faced concrete.
This is a view of the room. The wooden bench is made of 30mm thick Chizu cedar from Tottori Prefecture. The cedar is soft, so it’s comfortable and warm to laze on. The door under the air conditioner next to it is for storing bedding as well. The kitchen is made of steel.
Second floor room (with lighting on)
This is a shot of the lighting in the room I mentioned earlier. The lighting is incandescent to create a warm atmosphere.
The kitchen counters were made of steel. The kitchen in this room is considered a double sink, with one side used for the washroom. The glass block provides natural light and brightens up the space around you. Above the glass block, there is an embedded mirror. The kitchen hood is also simple.
Here’s a look at the other rooms. Here, behind the kitchen, the glass blocks extend from floor to ceiling.
The gray floor is designed to resemble a “chair seat” where a sofa or table is placed, and the upstairs cedar wooden floor is designed to resemble a “tokoza” style of living, where people relax during the day and lay down futons at night.
Here’s a look at the room. You can see a small upstairs at the back of the Western-style room where the kitchen and sink are located. At the highest point on the ceiling there’s a high side window to let light in and air through.
The symmetry of the building has a calm exterior. In the center, a deep steel lattice to the second floor is placed in front of the windows and balconies to alleviate the eyesight of passersby and There is. Both sides of the first floor are recessed porches that function as a buffer zone between the street and the house. The third floor rides like an island. The roof of the angle of the sloping ceiling is characteristic.
The space between the south and north wings is an earthen floor space with a pass-through. There is a central external staircase with a gate and a cantilevered central staircase, which is shared by the residents. I am.
The south wing, like the north wing, has a lattice to the second floor and a porch on the first floor, but is slimmer than the north wing. The shape of the building is the same as the one in the north building. But this side of the third floor is the eaves of the third floor, which is a little more subdued than the north wing. In this way, it is composed of the same elements but with slight variations.
The south wing, the central corridor, and the north wing are combined to form the front of Lyra, which faces the city.
The other side of the house is also simply designed. The ground floor is slightly retracted with a balcony, the second floor with an exterior corridor, and the third floor with an island on top of it. Floor.