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.


Aobadai, Tokyo, Japan

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