Yotsuya Tenera

Yotsuya Tenera

Yotsuya Tenera

Scheme: Yotsuya Tenera

Practice: Key Operation Inc/Architects

Client: Private

Photographer: Toshihiro Sobajima

Situated in a residential district of Tokyo, the three-storey Yotsuya Tenera building occupies a curved site and complies with a number of onerous planning constraints, such as having to build away from boundaries of the site, rights to light and evacuation requirements.

While meeting these demands, the architects have succeeded in creating a building of coherence and complexity, with 12 distinct types of apartment accessed from two day-lit and naturally ventilated stairs that eliminate the need for any corridors. The communal stair encourages interaction between residents without compromising privacy.

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