Raw Sugar Roast 

ロウ・シュガー・ロースト 経堂店舗 ( 2022 )

PROGRAM:              Roastery Cafe
LOCATION:             Tokyo, Japan
DURATION:             Oct. 2021 - Mar. 2022
CLIENT:                    Swim 
AREA:                        200m2
ROLE:                        Interior Design
TEAM:                   Office Shogo Onodera

主要用途:                    ロースタリー・カフェ
所在地:                        経堂、東京
プロジェクト期間:    2021.10 - 2022.3
施主:                             Swim coffee
延床面積:                     約200m2
業務範囲:                 内装設計工事監理
設計体制:                 小野寺匠吾建築設計事務所

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House of wind and light

光と風が通る家 ( 2017 )

This is a renovation of a 40-year old apartment in Tokyo.

All rooms had sufficient light and wind from many windows along south and north walls facing wide streets. We converted the three-bedroom apartment into a large open space and let light and wind pass through in order to make the best use of the environment.

In an open plan space, we need to consider how to locate spaces involving privacy including a bathroom and bedrooms and how to provide enough storage spaces. Our solution was to provide a large closet spanning the entire width of the room. 

We removed all partitions and made a large floor area to maintain some "margin" and a sense of spaciousness. Large furniture divides the space according to daily functions and loosely defines a "place" for life, not "rooms".

We focused on how to integrate the large piece of furniture into daily life. Reflective finishes are applied on the surface on which daily scenes are reflected and diffused light is reflected to illuminate the space. Closet doors are slightly angled to create subtle gaps in between so that the impression changes according to the viewing angle.

The ceiling and walls are left as they are. Instead of applying new finishes, lace curtains hung along the entire width of the walls serve as new "finishes" creating vivid contrasts with the existing walls.

Delicate qualities of details and finishes stand out and a unique feeling of tension between the old and new is generated by keeping the existing state.

︎see the essay: “Furure housing”











Office with a Patio

中庭のあるオフィス ( 2018 )

It is an office relocation of an advertisement production company in Tokyo.

This company holds a number of departments and group companies, and three of those sections who are engaged in various collaborations together are located within this office.

However, it was difficult for them to maintain close communication working from different locations and this fact was somewhat causing an adverse effect on the production process.

Therefore, our mission was to create a new office by grouping their three respective departments - sales, direction and production as one in order to expedite the communication. It was also requested to come up with a space where it could be ‘the intersection of information’ as well as that space becoming a new flagship of the corporate.

How are we able to offer a new space for those departments with different work style and clients so that high-quality exchanges are born? How can we demonstrate the maximum effect with minimal operation to meet the budget while controlling the cost for this 760 sqm space?

In order to solve them, we re-evaluated necessary functions and preliminary conditions and rearranged them rationally, creating a comfortable ’margin’ in the center of the minimal office space. While considering various ways of using this empty space with the client, this ‘margin’ came to be called "courtyard".

The employees walk through this what’s called “courtyard” everyday and the doors to all the meeting rooms also exist in this space. This courtyard is a space of multi-function and is the center of all the lines of flow.

Despite the fact that this patio is an interior proposal, by constructing it with an architectural approach, it made it possible for us to feel the relation between inside and outside, the reflection and change of light and the sequence. In contrast to an anonymous office space, the walls surrounding the courtyard are made from the exterior materials of the architectural structure called stainless steel mirror-finished corrugated boards, who play a part in reflecting everything that exist in the room, making you feel the amplitude as well as spreading the light, while fulfilling the original function of ‘courtyard’. Furthermore, by intentionally arranging the openings such as the tunnels, small windows and rooms around the courtyard, we can feel the spreading of the space and diversified functions, and even the presence of your colleagues on the other side which could trigger active interchange.

Such way of communication is not necessarily taken for granted in the society today. By rethinking the value of ‘working in the same space’, we believe that it will lead to a work style of the new age.

We hope that this margin without a specific purpose will make an opportunity for the users to be more initiative, and will eventually grow into a space where active discussions, ideas and communication will be generated, which is believed to lead the corporate itself to grow.

︎see the article “working in the same place”











T - Residence

T邸 ( 2018 )

The high-rise apartment is known to be a status symbol for the wealthy, and as demands increase, apartments have been commercialized as generic products and mass marketed as high-end living.  The value of apartments is now driven by the altitude and a perception of privacy and grand views.

The client’s wishes were to challenge what makes his residence valuable and seek alternate ways to add character to the generic home. Although every apartment may seem similar, we have responded by understanding that each unit is unique and further interrogating the context in order to personalize the space.

With such height the view becomes magnificent, but much of what makes Tokyo beautiful disappears below. Therefore, our idea was to draw as much of the context into the residence by carefully crafting a seamless, mirror-like ceiling to reflect the surrounding characters into the space.

The existing features of high-rise constructions also comes with challenges. Massive concrete columns that obstruct opportunities are utilized with storage carefully placed to complement columns locations to reduce its presence, and thick window frames to withstand high winds are concealed with an infinity edge ceiling where the reflection of mullions continues the glazing line infinitely.

The overall minimal finish and light palette is weighed down with a strong accent of ebony timber veneer to harmonize with the reflected colors of Shinjyuku Gyoen.

︎see the essay “Tokyo residence 1”










︎論考:「東京レジデンス 1」はこちら

I - Residence


This is a partial renovation project for a tower apartment in Tokyo. The house was purchased by a young couple, but they were worried about the insufficient storage and things were overflowing all over the house. After consulting and looking at their home, we noticed that the problem was not only the storage but also the perceived space where mechanically divided into small rooms, which felt narrow and dark. Also, we got the impression that the beautiful Tokyo view had lost its potential and couldn't take full advantage of it.

So, at first, we proposed dismantling the wall between the bedroom and living room, which seemed to had created a distance in the house, and adding a small window between those rooms which could solve the problem. These small windows were intended to provide a view of the window in the next room so that it could give the living room and kitchen the sense of spaciousness.

In the meantime, instead of simply inserting a wall with a window, we decided to give it a storage function by thickening the wall. The opening, which now has a diagonal depth, allows the bedroom and living room to be loosely connected, allowing the gaze from the kitchen to the view outside the window.

The shelves of different sizes can store everything from books to clothes, and doors were attached to some of it where you could just stash things. The air conditioner could also weaken its presence by placing it in this wall.

The shelves are made of commonly used white dressing plywood (laminate glued to the core with plywood stuck on both sides), and are put in such a way that the edges of the white poly material itself appear. While being close to the unique chemical materials of the tower building, such as cloths and sheet materials for ready-made fittings, the edges where the original texture of the material can be felt, are painted in the owner's favorite walnut color to add personality.

Thus, this project aims to create a personality by inserting the thick wall (storage) as a device. The diagonal opening increases not only the variety of views, but also secures the connection between rooms and the brightness of the entire house, and produces a new communication for residents as well.

︎see the essay “Tokyo residence 2”






︎論考:「東京レジデンス 2」はこちら