Reflection of Mineral is a 480-square-foot (about 45 square meters) residence located in downtown Tokyo’s Nakano ward. Designed by architect Yasuhiro Yamashita Reflection of Mineral has received wide architecture and design media attention and numerous international awards.
Depending on viewpoint, the house looks like a bulky camper van about to take off. Or it seems to be the result of a giant’s frustrated attempt to fashion a house from a square box. Realizing that the site is too small and the wrong shape for his house, the giant just stuffed the house into the site by force. The whimsy of this beautiful residence is a big part of its charm. At the same time, the house is also an elegant expression of modern Japanese minimalism, and an example of brilliant use of a sparse site, a requirement in the tight space of downtown Tokyo.
Also beautiful is the way in which the interior appointments — the lines of the bathtub, the curves of the waste bins, the wavy length of the utilitarian shelves — respond to the lines of the building. This makes the interior seem larger and much less boxy than one would assume from the outside.
Yasuhiro Ymashita who was born in Kagoshima in 1960. He established Atelier Tekuto in Tokyo in 1991. – Tuija Seipell
November 26, 2023
Belcombe Court Gardens, Wiltshire, UK
The landscape of the British Isles is scattered with centuries-old palaces, castles, manor houses and spectacular estates. Some are owned by royalty and aristocracy, some...
November 25, 2023
Penthouse Apartment by Framework Studios, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Using startling wall colours sparingly and adding stunning mid-century modernist pieces, Amsterdam-based Framework Studio has created an elegant penthouse apartment in Overhoeks, Amsterdam, for an empty-nester...
November 23, 2023
Maroon Optique store, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Designed by Shah Alam, Malaysia-based Wuuu Studio Maroon Optique is a stylish new optical store in the Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI) township of Kuala Lumpur. This...
November 20, 2023
Austrian House by Rem Koolhaas, Zeller See, Austria
Celebrated Dutch architect and Pritzker Prize laureate (2000) Rem Koolhaas is not known mainly as a designer of private residences. However, the ones he has...
November 17, 2023
Liminal House, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based McLeod Bovell designed Liminal House for a couple that wanted a residence to meet their needs as soon-to-be empty nesters. The...
September 12, 2023
Government Office, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Polish-born, Abu Dhabi-based designer Agata Kurzela has completed an impressive refurbishment of a 1908 heritage building in Abu Dhabi’s historic Khor Al Maqta district. In the...
September 9, 2023
Il Ristoro di Cristiano Filippini, Castelfranco di Sopra, Tuscany, Italy
Every day since its opening in 1785, Antica Macelleria Filippini Cristiano at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele has been the destination of meat-loving inhabitants of the small...
September 4, 2023
Obumex Showroom – Paris, France
Obumex, the Belgian studio known for handcrafted luxury kitchens as well as complete interiors and renovations has opened its first showroom in Paris. Located at...
September 1, 2023
Zaura Jewellery Boutique, Ahmedabad, India
More a showroom than a shop, the first location of Zaura jewelry is a fantastic juxtaposition of elements: Bulky rock vs. dainty filigree jewelry. But...
August 9, 2023
PNY Burger restaurant, Nantes, France
Opening their 14th PNY Burger restaurant in Nantes, France, is part of the continuous learning process, that the owners, long term friends Graffi Rathamohan and Rudy...
July 17, 2023
The Dolli Hotel – Athens, Greece (Review)
Never thought we would say this about a hotel anywhere, but perfection has indeed arrived in the Athens hotel scene in the form of Grecotel’s...
May 26, 2023
Renovation of A. Quincy Jones’s Smalley House, Holmby Hills – Los Angeles, USA
In 2006, when philanthropist and gallerist Shulamit Nazarian bought the famous Smalley House designed by A. Quincy Jones in 1973 on Holmby Hills in Los...