Beam House is a project designed by Hugo Kohno Architect Associates, a Japanese architectural firm based in Tokyo. The home, completed in 2017, covers a total ground area of 121 square meters, and is located in Tokyo, Japan.
The building houses a gallery on the first floor and a residence on the second and third floors. The gallery has a glass façade, by request of the client, in order to allow good visibility from the street. A separate entrance leads into the second floor, separating the residential area from the gallery, thus preserving its privacy. The home was a typical wood frame structure, so that many walls were necessary between the beams of the lower floor in order to hold the heavy load of the entire building aloft. This lead to a thorough partitioning of the ground floor space. The use of a wooden portal style Rahmen frame toward the front of the building solved this problem, so that the space could be opened up, which allows for an easier flow of air and light.
As a result, the interior is open and luminous, with a style that is both richly elegant and warmly inviting. A roof terrace provides the perfect space in which to host gatherings with friends and family.