Elding Oscarson, the Swedish architecture duo, have built a small home for two in the Japanese metropolis. In order to preserve the character of the tiny lot after demolishing the old house, the challenge lay in integrating the new structure into the old garden.
Client: Kudo Komuten
Architect: Elding Oscarson - Jonas Elding, Johan Oscarson, Yuko Maki
It was important to the clients that maximum use be made of the minimal area, including a parking spot. The result is a new home in perfect symbiosis with its garden. From the outside, Nerima House seems quite delicate in contrast to the neighbouring buildings. All the same, it fits well among its more massive surrounding houses. While the long window bands on both levels call Le Corbusier to mind, Elding Oscarson combines these with a façade of vertical wooden slats which give the house a lighter feel. The small miracle of space has deliberately been kept open on the inside and thus does without dividing walls as much as possible. The ground floor, which is devoted entirely to slumber, is half-sunken. The garden can be seen from all sides of the house. The living area on the upper storey offers a panoramic view. This building was designed to be open in all directions to allow sight of the green space. When required, ceiling-high curtains provide privacy; these are light and airy. Their discreet tracks, set into the ceiling, belong to the overall concept. The interior space is a good example of understatement, sleek geometry and pared-down materiality. The generous application of white, combined with some built-in elements and wooden cladding, complements the spare character of the house. Everything here shows the perfect orchestration of the lot, as though the architects had wanted no part of the furnishings to distract from the link to the outdoors. The garden theme continues on the rooftop terrace, making Nerima House – along with its minimalist Scandinavian architecture – a small urban oasis.