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[HOUSE – IS] Designed by Kei Harada

Tokyo-based studio Do Do has designed this house and studio for a graphic designer and his wife, and created a special elevated pathway for their pet cat. The two-storey residence named House-Is is clad in black corrugated metal and occupies a small plot of land in Tokyo’s Koto-ku district. Do Do was asked to include a studio space, as well as playful additions for the cat, in the couple’s home.



A workspace for the graphic-designer client is set on the ground floor, where a white shelf at the top of the room leads to a square opening in the staircase banister – allowing the cat to pop in and out.

“The husband, who is a cat-owner, hoped his house to be creative both for his work and cat, and my aim was to create a comfortable living space in this busy district of Tokyo,”

– explained the architect.




The studio has wooden floors and a small alcove for printing. A sliding white partition separates the space from a meeting room, which features a wooden table and bench seats.The space has concrete floors and white walls intended as a blank backdrop for hanging artwork.





House-Is is not the first time that architects have been requested to design residences with a client’s feline friend in mind.

For more information, visit DO.DO/KEI HARADA & thanks to DEZEEN for the tip!

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