Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice

Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice


  • Project Name: Akasaka High-rise Condominium
  • Practice: ROOVICE
  • Products: Vectorworks
  • Completion year: 2018
  • Gross Built up Area: 86 m2
  • Project Location: Tokyo
  • Country: Japan
  • Lead Architects/Designer: Daiki Kasagi
  • Design Team: Daiki Kasagi
  • Project Manager: Daiki Kasagi
  • Photo Credits: Akira Nakamura
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Excerpt: The interior design project Akasaka High-rise Condominium by Roovice makes balanced, minor changes to raise the overall quality of the space. Since the entire building was relatively new, the only modifications required were to the layout and aesthetic of the materials. Despite the use of expensive materials with declared research into a luxury image, the relatively small scale of the intervention helped to keep project costs down.

Project Description

Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice
Living, dining and kitchen view © Akira Nakamura

[Text as submitted by architect] Located on the 30th floor of the Hinokicho The Tower in Akasaka, a central area of Tokyo, this project was the consultation for an interior apartment renovation. All the 322 units and the communal spaces of the tower were completed by Kengo Kuma office in 2018, leaving the apartments customisable by the owner with outsourcing architects.

Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice
Custom-made furniture view © Akira Nakamura
Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice
Living, dining and kitchen view with the shutters closed © Akira Nakamura

Considering how recent the whole construction is, the only necessary modifications regarded the layout disposition and the aesthetic of the materials used. Hence, the project started from the requests of the client to add a projector space in the living room, while bringing more natural light in the rather dark hallway.

Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice
¾ living view © Akira Nakamura
Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice
Floor Plan after renovation © Roovice
Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice
Kitchen view and New kitchen furniture detail © Akira Nakamura

To enlighten the path as much as possible, the kitchen furniture wall and the door next to it have been removed. Originally, those elements enclosed the living and kitchen space from the night areas, but at the same time they caused a dark circulation inside.

Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice
Single bedroom entrance and storage detail © Akira Nakamura
Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice
Master bedroom view © Akira Nakamura
Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice
Master bedroom sliding door and closet detail © Akira Nakamura

The first refurbishment applied to the two bedrooms placed on the opposite ends of the flat that didn’t modify their size. Since the existing in-wall closet wasn’t offering enough space in the smaller room, a new wardrobe was implemented right behind the entrance storage. For the master bedroom instead, the instalment of a wide sliding panel and an in-wall closet allows a more efficient use of the space.

Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice
Living, dining, kitchen and landscape view © Akira Nakamura
Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice
Bathroom sink view and Toilet detail © Akira Nakamura

For the hallway, every door has been changed from the dark glossy melamine veneer in favour of a white matt tone. Meanwhile, the entrance closet replaced its original elements for the same cherry wood texture used also for the master bedroom’s new wide sliding door. This pattern is spread in minor details around the house: the toilet closets, the cupboard kitchen countertop and the living room furniture now share the same materiality. All together they create harmony throughout every space, showing how careful the choice of materials has been.

Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice
Living room view © Akira Nakamura
Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice
Custom-made furniture detail © Akira Nakamura

One of the requests of the owner was to provide a space for a projector in the living room. Thus, a custom-made TV board was designed and placed in front of the wall. This furniture was built precisely and exclusively for super single focus projectors, using the wide white wall behind as a screen. As mentioned above, this element is made with the same cherry timber of the other details of the house, thus increasing the sense of homogeneous atmosphere.

Akasaka High-rise Condominium | Roovice
Tokyo skyline view from the kitchen corner © Akira Nakamura

The rather small scale of intervention helped to keep the costs of the project low, despite the use of expensive elements with declared research of a luxury image. At the same time, some balanced and minor changes solved all the requests made by the client, improving the overall quality of the space as well. Just like previous renovations made by ROOVICE, also for this case it became clear that even a small change can have a huge impact on a project.

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