CASE STUDY 04

AZABU RESIDENCE

KEIJI ASHIZAWA & NORM ARCHITECTS

Over discussions with Norm Architects, we agreed that the unique ambiance of this building should be incorporated in the interior design.
KEIJI ASHIZAWA

THE AZABU RESIDENCE PROJECT

The Azabu Residence Collection has its native setting in a luxury apartment built in 1988, tucked away in the quiet Minato residential district in Tokyo. The apartment was built on a spacious and airy site, rarely seen in Tokyo today. The greenery surrounding the entrance, welcoming visitors in a harmonious way and establishing a sense of calm and connection to nature, is meticulously maintained by gardeners.

The interior design is completed by the collaborating studios Keiji Ashizawa Design and Norm Architects, and similar to the previous cases, it combines Japanese and Scandinavian design principles and aesthetics. A shared belief in the use of natural materials and a muted color palette lies as the foundation of the project, characterized by the focus on tactile, soft-minimal and timeless qualities.

THE AZABU RESIDENCE PROJECT

The Azabu Residence Collection has its native setting in a luxury apartment built in 1988, tucked away in the quiet Minato residential district in Tokyo. The apartment was built on a spacious and airy site, rarely seen in Tokyo today. The greenery surrounding the entrance, welcoming visitors in a harmonious way and establishing a sense of calm and connection to nature, is meticulously maintained by gardeners.

The interior design is completed by the collaborating studios Keiji Ashizawa Design and Norm Architects, and similar to the previous cases, it combines Japanese and Scandinavian design principles and aesthetics. A shared belief in the use of natural materials and a muted color palette lies as the foundation of the project, characterized by the focus on tactile, soft-minimal and timeless qualities.

Over discussions with Norm Architects, we agreed that the unique ambiance of this building should be incorporated in the interior design.
KEIJI ASHIZAWA
With the use of stone, dark wood and textured textiles, the interior plays on two major inspirations. One consist of elements from American Modernism. The warm and welcoming perspective on modernism as the approach to the interior architecture has been a great inspiration for this project in particular.
NORM ARCHITECTS
The other main narrative in the interior design approach is inspired by the well-known Japanese book by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, “In Praise of Shadows”. For this project, we strived to celebrate and enhance the shadows and worked with a darker material scheme.
NORM ARCHITECTS
The other main narrative in the interior design approach is inspired by the well-known Japanese book by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, “In Praise of Shadows”. For this project, we strived to celebrate and enhance the shadows and worked with a darker material scheme.
NORM ARCHITECTS
Regardless of the dark tones used to unify the space, the beauty of this home stands out in the morning and early afternoon, when there is visible contrast with the sunlight peeking into the space, and at night, when the space is filled with controlled light.
KEIJI ASHIZAWA