Obento Series :: Layering Space - Koko Architects; Akiyoshi Loft

Obento Series :: Layering Space - Koko Architects; Akiyoshi Loft

Koko Architects, renovated a loft for a Japanese family living in New York City to create the Bento Box Akiyoshi Residence. By carefully tucking away storage to free up living space and stacking sleeping areas. The design was based on both opening up space and creating zones for living.

“The solution that the architects came up with was both deceptively simple and deeply familiar to their Japanese clients: a design based on the bento box, that cleverly compartmentalized container that separates teriyaki from tuna roll, salad from sashimi... ”

The project is compact and makes inventive use of the existing frame. The architects drew the project as though it were a bento box with chopsticks picking up and manipulating spaces for storage and for
furniture. They gave the residents a sense of surprise by their use of intense colors hiding behind neutral cabinets. There is a sense of play with the use of a false floor for storage to transform as the uses change over the course of the day from sleeping to living and working.

Adam Weintraub of Koko Architects said: “The obento approach sometimes necessitated a kind of spatial horse-trading: Up a short flight of stairs from the main living area is what Mr. Weintraub calls the “Aki module” — an elevated aerie that serves as the photographic mission control for Mr. Akiyoshi, 54, with multiple monitors and storage space for his equipment. The height of the ceiling was calibrated exactly to his height, and the extra inches needed were borrowed from Ms. Akiyoshi ’s clothing storage space underneath.”

Obento at the BAC
Koko Architecture and Design

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