The architecture studio FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects recently created a residence of minimal design, to provide a united studio, gallery and living space for their photographer client. Kimura’s works, mainly residences, are characterized by “a poetic and functional minimalism in which a sense of openness and privacy is achieved through careful slicing and layering of wall elements, light and shadows, volumes and spaces.”

The building is designed to be used as a studio, a gallery and a residence for a photographer, that asked to unite the studio where he produces works with his living space. The outer volume is made of mortar and galvanized steel sheet which reflects dull light. “The dim passage from the entrance approach invites visitors into the innermost space while guiding them with light thrown from the ceiling of the connected gallery. The gallery clips out a landscape with the opening to look like an exhibition. Its contrasted scale and natural light resonate with each other. The long thin passage serving as an alley to go around the gallery has other functions than a mere pathway; it is also used as a space to post artworks and photos on the wall. It is beautifully themed with sight switching, different ceiling heights, and shade and shadow created by natural light. The hall that is located at the center of the building with different floor levels plays a role of a hub which connects with each space. It also incorporates plumbing equipment, a counter, and a staircase that are necessary for living, and is connected to an approach from the courtyard, thus not only providing functional comfort but also displaying scenic beauty… Photo shooting equipment, vintage furniture, musical instrument, and artworks are placed here and there, blending in with the space. It acts in concert with the photographer’s feeling and aesthetic and acts as the base to produce new creativity and activities.”


All images © Norihito Yamauchi

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