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Ribbons of Steel Clad This Cool, Compact House in Tokyo

To accommodate a family home on a constrained, rectangular residential site in Tokyo, Israeli-born, London-based architect Ron Arad has brought his signature swooping aesthetic to this compact tri-level house in the Japanese capital. Though the cladding technique may seem like a mere novelty (and it is, for sure, novel), it's doing double-duty here, with the end of some of those ribbonlike strips of steel framing a small courtyard at the entrance of the house and giving the facade some visual dynamism to boot. Dubbed the "D House," and designed in collaboration with local firm ISSHO Architects, the dwelling's floor plates are designed so that each level in the house slightly decreases in size as one goes up, bringing natural light into the house on an otherwise very tight lot.

Arad has been busy of late, speaking recently with Dezeen about an upcoming cancer treatment center in his native Israel that will provide medical services to members of that country's "Jewish, Muslim, and Druze communities in both Israel and Palestinian territories."

ron arad curves patinated steel ribbons on the façade of tokyo residence [Designboom]
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