In the Omori Lodge, renovated eight wooden frame houses reminiscent of the bygone era, the residents formed a relaxed community through many events. We tried a new system of constructing houses for lease with this newly-built semi-detached house for two households with stores in the Lodge. We chose the residents before construction and developed the plan with the four parties; the owner, the designer, and two families as if the residents were to have their own houses built. The stores and terraces facing the street connect to the area and the alleys. We designed it to be a new starting point for the vitalization of the town.


View from the alley in the middle of Omori Lodge. The second floor terrace like an alley extension. It is finished in the color that harmonizes with the existing tenements and houses in order to be familiar with the landscape.


View from the east side road. A 40-year-old tenement house in Ota-ku, Tokyo, a 3-story wooden structure newly renovated in the corner of the "Omori Lodge", which is a detached house. A house with a store consisting of 2 units.


Look from the east side. The left is Omori Lodge G Building, and the first floor is a store. The second and third floors are living space. Plan the space on the second floor as a terrace with more than half.


The second floor roof & terrace. The burnout design makes it appear 150mm square pillar. The lifted space cuts out the surrounding landscape.


View from the north road. A terrace with a width of 1,800 to 2,300 is arranged in a U-shape. The surrounding cityscape is transmitted between the pillars.


"Carry a dream" "carry a bag" "carry a thing" "carry a god"

We decided the structure of the house as two stores on the first floor and their residences on top of those. We soon realized that creating ideal homes contributes to improving the local community. One tenant family wants to make their dream of a restaurant come true, and the other wants to run the store as if it’s their own living room and customers are guests to their home. The house, which loosely connects two households with different ideas for home and work with terraces, and the value created with the combination of its residents’ creativity will lead the market and form the foundation of sound rental property business.



Night view. Each light leaks from the first, second and third floors. It is imagined the life of the tenants in close proximity to work and residence


The relationship between the existing alleys of Omori Lodge and the alleys of the house to be carried.

Alleys supported by exposed columns with burnout designs

The house is designed to arrange two spaces, composed of stores, terraces and residences, in a row. Following the style of the neighboring wooden frame houses’ design, we used 150mm square wooden pillars, cut thicker to secure the safety in case of fire, in the second floor and created an effect as if the third floors are lifted up. The spaces surrounded by exposed surfaces of wood incorporate the townscape and give you an impression that it’s connected to the existing alley space. They also work as terraces for the stores where you feel like you’re floating. We aimed the terraces to function as a kind of advertisement to express the shop owners’ space between
life and work.


Crient Personal owner
structual design KAP Hideyuki Hagiuda
Location Omorimachi, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Building use Tenement house with store
Structure Three-story wooden
Building area 56.79㎡
Total floor area 142.88㎡
Completion JUNE 2015
the magazine carrying the articles architect journal No.1242 / SHINKENCHIKU.2015.8