This low-budget, mixed-use conversion of an early 80's building started with an abandoned rice shop/house on the lower two floors, and two small apartments on the third floor in Aobadai, a neighborhood on the Meguro river which has become the "Soho" of Tokyo. The lush ivy has been encouraged to give an otherwise nondescript building great distinction, and produce a vertical greenscape and landmark in this fashionable neighborhood.

Project Type: Commercial

Completion: 2003

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The building now accommodates "Kamiya", a French Deli on the first floor and an architects studio on the upper two levels.  The roof has been outfitted with a usable terrace with outstanding views.  Refurbishment included all new mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure - raised floors for network cabling, new bathrooms, upgraded windows, and significant additional improvements. This intervention has since inspired conversions of several underutilized buildings nearby into restaurants, cafes and patisseries.

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Aobadai, Tokyo, Japan

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