In collaboration with a local Japanese architect and contractor, SPD Meiji, this 3-level penthouse is situated within a 12-storey apartment tower in the heart of Tokyo. Our design vision was to create an oasis within the busy city, drawing on inspiration from the local landscape to foster a calm and relaxing aesthetic within the apartment. Our design pays homage to traditional Japanese design elements, modernising them for luxury apartment living.
The resolution of the apartment planning emphasises a sense of connection across the three levels. A series of central voids and skylights bring natural light into the heart of the lowest levels, with circulation centred around these light-filled voids. The lowest level of the apartment houses the private bedrooms, bathrooms and study areas.
The second level is more open, with a large double-height living area with a kitchen and dining area adjacent. The third level links to the rooftop garden and is an entertaining space housing a bar area and lounge. This level also includes bridge access to the expansive library shelves surrounding the double-height void within the living room.
The apartment uses oak timber screens and flooring throughout, with natural stone features and soft green accents. Screening references the detailing of Japanese Shoji screens, while the green tones connect to the natural landscape beyond the city. This palette, teamed with the centrally located planter boxes on each level, creates an overall effect of a tranquil oasis.
The building façade was designed by Kengo Kuma.