Bosco Sodi unveils remodelled Tokyo residence as Casa Wabi extension

Studio Wasabi Structure and Satoshi Kawakami Architects have created a house and artist residency in Tokyo for Mexican artist Bosco Sodi, founding father of the humanities basis Casa Wabi in Mexico.

Occupying a nook plot within the Sendagi district of Tokyo, Casa Nano is a renovation of a postwar home constructed within the late Nineteen Fifties.

“The home has a quite simple facade system to guard the home windows, a system referred to as amado, the place you’ll be able to slide some metallic home windows and shut them when there’s a hurricane,” stated Studio Wasabi co-founder Rafael Balboa.

The 68-square-metre dwelling has a easy facade with a gabled roof and ridges that jut out to create small awnings.

“For the outside, we solely utilized one materials – which known as Excell Joint – so it appears to be like much like the unique home with the intention to make it extra pure and coherent with the neighbourhood,” stated Balboa.

Studio Wasabi labored with Satoshi Kawakami Architects to utterly revamp the interiors to be used as an extension of the Casa Wabi artist residency in Puerto Escondido, Mexico or as a house for founder Bosco Sodi and his spouse inside designer Lucia Corredor.

After sponsoring 13 Mexican artists within the authentic Casa Nano at one other location, Sodi wanted extra space and determined to maneuver the residency into a bigger constructing.

The structure studios labored with Sodi and Corredor to open up the area, creating an open-concept kitchen, including furnishings and shifting the unique staircase.

The primary ground of the two-storey, cedar-framed construction is concrete, and the second storey’s ground is manufactured from cedar.

The designers and development firm Washin Architects stored the entire previous cedar beams and columns, in addition to the home windows from the unique home to protect the essence of the unique constructing.

“For us, it was additionally essential to have the ability to have blackout home windows so we stored the unique pocket metallic home windows of the facade of the previous home to have the ability to shut the home windows utterly,” defined Corredor.

The group needed to transfer the unique staircase to open up the bottom ground, so a floating metal staircase was positioned in opposition to the wall on the center of the construction, suspended from the present beams.

“This home, apart from being a part of the artwork residence of Casa Wabi, was designed to suit our household wants,” stated Corredor.

Space for storing was one other necessary issue within the design course of, so the structure studios created a shelf unit that hangs from the present beams that stretch across the whole home.

On the second ground, three separate areas had been included to accommodate a household of 5. The first bed room has a easy structure and connects to a small terrace.

A central residing space has a bench with a small studying nook and the seating space was furnished with a classic French couch from the Nineteen Fifties and an previous wooden desk from an area flea market.

The bunk bed room on the finish of the second ground was constructed for the children or as one other space spot an artist in residence and has entry through a ladder to a small outside terrace.

The three areas are divided by Japanese paper sliding doorways with overlaying glass thick sufficient to take care of privateness and let the sunshine circulation into the area.

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The doorways and built-in furnishings in addition to the ceiling of the second ground had been made utilizing Lauan wooden.

Corredor used furnishings from the earlier residence and gadgets that had been regionally sourced to furnish the house.

“We introduced all of the furnishings we already had within the former Casa Nano,” she stated.

“Like our previous wooden desk that we discovered within the flea market in UENO and our beloved Noguchi lamp to present heat and light to the area.”

Casa Nano will proceed with its residency program, inviting 4 Mexican artists yearly, every for a interval of 1 month.

“Japan has been life-changing for the artists which were already,” Sodi stated.

“Because it was for me after I was invited to an artwork residence in Tokyo virtually 20 years in the past.”

Casa Wabi’s headquarters in Puerto Escondido was designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and options yearly pavilions by worldwide architects together with a purple brick chimney by Mexico Metropolis-based architect Alberto Kalach and a ceramics workshop by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza.

The images is by Nao Takahashi.