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Owner of private house in Tokyo designed a suspended walkway for his fluffy friend
Special elevated pathway created by Japanese studio Do.Do. for the owner’s pet cat. Check out the house/studio’s essential interiors as commissioned by animal-loving graphic designer
Here are a few precious suggestions by Japanese architect Kei Harada to all cat-lovers out there looking for inspiration to make their house the most ideal abode for their small moustached friends. Studio Do.Do. realises a private residence in Tokyo’s Koto residential district for a graphic designer and his wife, featuring a special elevated pathway for their cutie pet cat.
This single-family house is called House-Is. Clad in black corrugated metal, it develops onto three levels and includes a rooftop garden.
Owners especially asked for a hybrid space/studio where to both work and receive clients. Guests are welcomed right at the ground-floor’s entrance overlooking the street, where a small yet cozy room is arranged with a wooden table and benches around which gather together and discuss incoming professional projects.
A sliding white partition separates such domestic “meeting room” from the owner’s private workspace.
A wooden staircase leads up to the first floor, equipped with a large-sized black cabinet unit meant to mark a spacial fracture between the living space and bedroom.
The bathroom, kitchen and laundry room are comprised into a central white volume – basically, a box inside a box – that is consistent with the house’s overall neutral layout. A combination of minimal design, functionality and comfort emerges out of the essential interiors and material palette, which ranges from concrete and wooden flooring to total-white walls allowing for plenty of natural light.
As for the cherry on top, check out the suspended shelf running along the studio’s ceiling so that the cat can pop in and out. The owner wanted his house to be creative and comfortable both for his work and cat; that explains the need of a plain but playful structural element that is useful for high-altitude spatial explorations, and also – I’d say – for keeping shelfs safe from intrusive paws.
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