Todoroki, Tokyo’s only valley, is the beautiful setting for the house called the Double Circular Ring. The house blends modern function and traditional materials in a kind of spectacular sight that blends in with its lush green surroundings.
The interior of the home is free of walls other than those surrounding private areas like the bathrooms; a compartment-style kitchen also sits in the middle of the first floor. Designed by Fujiwalabo Architects, the home was meant to feel free and breezy. The anchoring visual structure in the home is the central staircase.
The staircase maximizes the interior space of the home by doubling as storage. Drawers and shelves fill the space beneath the stairs; additional storage lines the walls of the home’s corridors.
Glass walls make up nearly all of the home’s exterior. When lit from the inside, the home looks like a glittering jewel in the midst of this residential neighborhood. The residents have the option to pull interior curtains closed, blocking their daily activities from the eyes of passers-by and providing a sense of privacy and security.