Tsubasa Nishimura is looking a little bleary-eyed after chatting to a new acquaintance in his apartment block until 05.00. “That happens here,” he says. “You come up to the kitchen and there’s always someone to talk to.” Nishimura lives in The Share, a Tokyo development with a difference. It’s part of a movement away from lonely suburban shoeboxes to shared living quarters in the centre of the city. It’s a simple formula offering tenants compact bedrooms with shared laundry and bathroom facilities and a large 24-hour kitchen and lounge area, all…
The Share – a former company dorm in Harajuku
Shared laundry facilities
Lounge and library
Communal roof garden
Kana Naoi in the radio station
One of the rooms in The Share
Satoko Inoue, project manager for ReBITA
The lounge and kitchen area is open for residents 24 hours a day
Tsubasa Nishimura, tenant in The Share
Yuichi Hagiwara moved into The Share in December
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