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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Masuda + Otsubo, Boundary Window photo studio in Tokyo

The young Tokyo firm led by Shingo Masuda and Katsuhissa Otsubo have transformed an old two-story house into a film cameraman’s photographic studio. The window as an architectural element redefines the space here, establishing new relationships between the building’s levels. The intervention is characterized by a grid of steel and glass, an enormous window forming the main facade and rising out of alignment with the original one. The composition is fragmented into sliding pieces that form a plane rising above the level of the roof to enclose a new terrace. The deliberate  de-alignment of panels with respect to the height of each floor is such that, when the window of the first level is opened, the lower half of the second opens too. The long curtains can be drawn and they emphasize the building’s verticality. To address the needs of a photo studio, partitions inside were torn down to create large fluid spaces.
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