TakaTina Designs The ‘Black Box’

Named ‘Black Box’, the family house designed by architecture studio TakaTina features an industrial black exterior and surprisingly bright interior.

Established by husband and wife Takaaki and Christina Kawabata, TakaTina’s design is elegant, powerful and timeless. The creative duo claims to look for the moment of ‘!’ through their works. Located on the outskirts of Tokyo, ‘Black Box’ is clad with corrugated metal, a material mostly recognized in industrial buildings. In contradiction to the exterior, the house’s inside welcomes the visitors with bright and warm spaces, filled with daylight. The design of the living spaces were inspired by the client’s previous loft apartment in Brooklyn, New York. “Inspired by Carl Andre’s minimalist art, the two-storey monolithic volume and plane creates a geometric composition to organize a public first floor, a private second floor, garden and parking space,” said the architects.

All images © Mikiko Kikuyama