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APOLLO Architects and Associates as Architects

A massive concrete and glass exterior defines this house in a downtown residential neighborhood. The client, who runs a company that uses flowers and greenery to design lifestyles, wanted to incorporate that concept into a residence that rethinks the home as both private and open to the public sphere.

photo_credit Masao Nishikawa
Masao Nishikawa
photo_credit Masao Nishikawa
Masao Nishikawa

The entrance, located next to a two-car piloti garage, leads to a weight-training gym. On the second floor, in addition to private spaces such as the bathroom, children’s room, and master bedroom, a library utilizes open space around the stairs as an area for family interaction. A family room occupies the third floor, with a deep covered balcony overlooking the street. One-way glass preserves privacy within this comfortable intermediary space filled with outdoor furniture and potted olive trees.

photo_credit Masao Nishikawa
Masao Nishikawa
photo_credit Masao Nishikawa
Masao Nishikawa

Other than the open chef’s kitchen, functional elements such as the storage areas, kitchen, elevator, bathroom, and stairwell are concentrated along walls running lengthwise through the house, resulting in a minimalistic tube-shaped space. Natural light and ventilation flow along the north-south axis. The rooftop, accessible through the top floor, has a garden with an outdoor kitchen, furniture, and pergola. Linking indoor and outdoor living spaces and enclosing them with greenery results in a serene atmosphere that is private while still offering attractive views.

photo_credit Masao Nishikawa
Masao Nishikawa
photo_credit Masao Nishikawa
Masao Nishikawa

Spaces like the gym, library, rooftop garden, and chef’s kitchen are becoming essential in the work-from-home era, with comfortable living environments and intermediary areas linking interior and exterior increasingly in demand. Perhaps the most sought-after characteristics of future homes will be a joie-de-vivre spirit that allows residents to migrate freely between indoor and outdoor spaces.

photo_credit Masao Nishikawa
Masao Nishikawa
photo_credit Masao Nishikawa
Masao Nishikawa

Team:
Architecture: Satoshi Kurosaki/APOLLO Architects & Associates 
Photography: Masao Nishikawa
Videographer: Seiya Aoki/ GRAFILM
Structural engineer: Motoi Nomura Structures(Motoi Nomura)
Facility engineer: Naoki Matsumoto
Lighting design: Ripple design(Ken Okamoto)
Construction: Kobo Co., Ltd.

photo_credit Masao Nishikawa
Masao Nishikawa
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