DANCE FLOOR by archidivision
Nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Tokyo, the Dance Floor project by Archidivision unveils a unique residential design featuring split-level platforms. While this lot had a lower market value compared to its neighboring properties, it had its own charm, surrounded by the lush garden of a mansion behind it. The placement of the structure strategically allows glimpses of neighboring trees between its steeply pitched roof and the adjacent house.
The design team carefully considered the materials and finishes, resulting in a playful blend of elements that redefine the split-level style and create an open-plan and continuous scheme. Through a layering of objects and spaces, the interior becomes a canvas for living, introducing a sequence of interconnected scenes that form an inviting and comfortable environment.
all images by Katsu Tanaka
stepping inside archidivision’s house in tokyo
The discreet entrance takes the form of a simple opening that leads to a spacious porch. Upon visitors stepping inside the ground floor, they are immediately embraced by a softly lit ambiance, with light filtering in through the louvered floor of the staircase landing. As one ascends to the upper level, the cityscape gradually comes into sight, reestablishing a connection to the urban environment.
On the interior side of the facade, the architectural elements are carefully exposed, reminiscent of a theater backstage, giving the space a distinctive character and fostering a balanced relationship between the house and the city outside, all while maintaining privacy.
Architectural decisions regarding shielding, opening, closing, transparency, and reflection were thoughtfully considered by the design team. As a result, walls with exposed pillars and beams, fixtures, furniture, staircases, landings, and light ceilings were meticulously crafted, each with its own distinctive material and finishing.
a humble entrance leads to a spacious porch on the ground level
exposed columns and beams are visible within the entire structure
as visitors move to the upper floor, the cityscape gradually comes into view