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  • This April, the Tower House was included in the list of protected historical building in Tokyo

  • This is a triangular construction

  • Which has been visited by many people

  • Some famous architects have visited the house when they were students

  • My name is Rie Azuma

  • I've been an architect for more than 30 years

  • There are 6 Hoshinoya hotels in Japan and abroad designed by me

  • My father is architect Takamitsu Azuma

  • The Tower House is the first piece of work of my father

  • He was a bit over 30 years old

  • The house was built in 1966

  • In the first few years, my father's office was on the first floor of the building

  • He wanted to be able to walk to work

  • So living near his office became a reasonable choice

  • And he built the Tower House

  • The house was erected on a 20-square-meter plot of land

  • And the main area that can be used as rooms

  • Covers only 12 square meters

  • There are six levels, one underground and five above

  • The first floor is a garage

  • The second floor holds the living room, dining room and kitchen

  • My father would sit opposite to us

  • Mother and I would sit here

  • We'd move the chairs over and have meals here

  • Then put the chairs back

  • Into the living room

  • My mother used to cook here

  • She said that she could look outside while cooking here

  • The third floor is a void, a restroom and a bathroom

  • The fourth floor is the main bedroom

  • My parents slept here when we all lived here together

  • During weekend days there is light in the room

  • That's very nice

  • I read in bed a lot

  • This is a picture of my father

  • He left us three years ago at the age of 84

  • I used to have words with him all the time when I was a student

  • And we rarely communicated

  • But after we started working together

  • I'd learned a lot from him

  • The fifth floor is a child room and a balcony

  • It used to be my room when we first moved in

  • I would sit at my desk

  • And study while staring at the sky

  • There is no door in the Tower House

  • But it doesn't make life inconvenient

  • When my mother came up to hang clothes on the balcony

  • The sound of her going up the stairs

  • Would give me a notice

  • Or when I was studying

  • And there were guests, or my parents were watching TV downstairs

  • I would yellKeep it down pleaseif they were too loud

  • And when dinner was ready, they would call me from downstairs too

  • All our memories about family is stored in the house

  • For me, the Tower House is part of our family

  • It's like a family member

  • What makes the Tower House stand out

  • Is that despite its limited site area

  • It feels spacious

  • There are some openings on the south side

  • Through these windows, you can see different scenes in different directions

  • And as you go up the stairs, you will be showered in continuous new views

  • You won't feel constrained at all

  • Although the house is right next to the streets

  • The walls sticking out

  • Is guarding the house

  • The avenue outside was completed the same time as the house

  • You can feel the seasons in the house

  • This also enriches the space

  • I moved in at 6

  • And everything you see in the house

  • Is the same as fifty years ago except the faucets

  • I hope that we can understand

  • That our perception of space does not equal to its actual physical size

  • As the sense of space is not directly convertible to numbers

  • Sohow many square metersshouldn't be the sole consideration

  • Besides, building a house is not all about money

  • To build a good living space you need to put in thought

  • How to spend your money is an important question to answer

  • When you live in a house for 50 years

  • You would understand that there are things you can change, like furniture and home appliances

  • But there are also things you can't change, like the basic structure of the house

  • If you have an interesting basic structure

  • You will have dozens of year of fun

  • My father once said that

  • When you live in a city, you won't need every function in your house

  • Because the city could compensate for it

  • If you don't have the space for a lot of books at home

  • You can go to the library nearby

  • If you have a small fridge

  • You can go to the grocery store everyday

  • You would have fresh ingredients all the time

  • Living in a city

  • Is living with changes and new experiences

This April, the Tower House was included in the list of protected historical building in Tokyo

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