within the tokyo metropolitan area, nendo has transformed a commercial facility, owned by japanese retail company marui, into a shared housing connected to the adjacent ‘marui kichijoji’ store. the structure emerges as a geometric dwelling with a distinctively patterned facade and a minimalist interior, including 43 separate rooms. taking advantage of the highly convenient location, the project generates an efficient living environment that can be replicated in the various properties of the marui group.
all images courtesy of takumi ota
nendo‘s shared dwelling develops on the 2nd and 4th floor of the building, comprising 43 rooms, with each one compactly housing 7 to 12 sqm. in this way, sufficient common area is provided, and residents can enjoy a kitchen-dining space with a terrace opening towards the ‘inokashira’ park. the occupants have free access to the rooftop, as well as the employee in-store lounge. in addition, the facilities feature a laundromat with a cafe corner is provided on the 1st floor, which is also open to non-residents.
the future plans to build more shared houses and other types of housing will allow mutual use of common areas of each property, as well as flexibility for easy relocation, according to changes in lifestyle or family growth. with that in mind, the rooms are furnished with essential home appliances and furniture such as refrigerators, while rental services of daily necessities and clothing are provided in collaboration with the sharing business of marui group to free residents from excess possession that weighs them down. moreover, the ‘foldable container’ often seen in store warehouses are useful to move luggage when moving, and can be used as furniture or folded when not in use.
the pattern used for the building facade and curtain and cushion fabrics are designed with an image of houses (lifestyles) in various layouts gathering together, and furniture and lighting fixtures with the house-shaped motif were also designed. along with the short-term merit of effective use of store space, the project demonstrates the long-term vision of marui group, transforming store space that was ‘a place only for selling goods’ to ‘a place to suggest a new lifestyle and community’ and consequently vitalizing the neighboring areas.
name: marui toclus
location: tokyo, japan
myrto katsikopoulou I designboom
mar 26, 2021