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Brief Published: 18 Jun 2012

Niche Apartments for Motorcyclists


Choosing where to live has always included a lifestyle aspect. But a new apartment block in Suginami-ku, Tokyo, designed specifically for motorcycle enthusiasts, takes that concept to a whole new level. 

A conglomerate of three independent Japanese architects – Akiyoshi Takagi, Hiroshi Ohno and Yuji Nakae – has designed the block, known as the NE apartments. The building has been designed to maximise space – a particularly pertinent issue when dealing with increasing urbanisation in cities like Tokyo. But its primary purpose is to offer a new domestic archetype for tenants whose top priority is living with like-minded people. 

Constructed from reinforced concrete, the complex is built over three floors and consists of eight apartment units covering an area of 300 sq m. As you’d expect with an apartment block built for the biking fraternity, each apartment includes a small garage-cum-entrance area on the ground floor, through which inhabitants are able to access the floors above. 

The other feature that sets it apart from a standard apartment block is that the space has been designed radially, incorporating a circular central courtyard around the perimeter of which the eight entrances sit. The space is large enough for the tenants to manoeuvre their bikes when entering and leaving the site. 

For more on the way that unconventional domestic archetypes are reaching into the market, see our live/work reports: Transparent Architecture, Filling the Voids, and Decorative Architecture.

Akiyoshi Takagi  

Yuji Naka  

Hiroshi Ohno