Apartment 3dk, a little intervention to open up the space.

apartamento-3dk-apartment-3dk-restoration-restauracion-japon-more-with-less-design-magazine-3Apartment 3dk is the restoration of a little house of 60m2 located in Osaka City, Japan. An interior renovation carried out by the design and architecture studio, Mitsutomo Matsunami, mma design.apartamento-3dk-apartment-3dk-restoration-restauracion-japon-more-with-less-design-magazine-2Apartment 3dk is a not so old condominium of 22 years old. Located in a residential area of Osaka, which has suffered the consequences of an accelerated construction of very hight buildings. As a consecuenceof this situation, this small apartament had to be restored.


By incorporating glass walls in Apartment 3dk it is possible to multiply natural lighting and the amplitude of its rooms.

The original apartment distribution had two rooms of 10 m2 each. A main room with a traditional Japanese design style, and the other area houses the kitchen and the living room. A basic, simple but yet functional project, known as 3DK.The spatial formula of Apartment 3dk works perfectly, and it really fits to the current Japanese society lifestyle. Therefore, there were no changes in the original space distribution of the Project.
Still, there was a need to improve the quality of both rooms. As a result, the architects designed and build a series of what they call “layers”; glass doors and transparent curtains that subdivide the two areas in a more ephemeral and lighter way.
The design team of Apartment 2dk has taken special care in diversifying these layers, and generating a multiplying effect on the space. Also, in turn, this partition elements, by being transparent, allow a better entrance to natural light.Apartment 3dk is an architectural restoration with a minimalist look. In this case the designing team demonstrates that  a  simple intervention enhances the natural lighting and spacial quality. And that without losing the essence of any architectural project: the proper functioning and use of the living space.

Photos by Mitsutomo Matsunami.