N_Apartment

N_Apartment

Architect
Yohei Kawashima architects inc.
Location
Miyakojima, Okinawa, Japan | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Apartments
©️Koji Fujii/TOREAL

N_Apartment

Yohei Kawashima architects inc. as Architects

This is a plan for a five-story, 25-unit apartment complex designed in Miyakojima City, Okinawa Prefecture. Each unit is a one-bedroom and consists of a general-purpose plan.

photo_credit ©️Koji Fujii/TOREAL
©️Koji Fujii/TOREAL

The common space consists of an elevator, a staircase and a shared hallway, these are required by laws and regulations. When making this plan, we mainly examined how to connect and create a sequence with the surrounding environment by using the shared hallway and the staircase.

photo_credit ©️Koji Fujii/TOREAL
©️Koji Fujii/TOREAL

The building is divided into two parts due to the irregular shape of the site, with a courtyard between the two buildings, and the shared hallway and staircase are placed around the courtyard. 

©️Koji Fujii/TOREAL

The staircase has a very gentle slope with a kick height of 140mm and a tread of 520mm, and as one climbs the staircase, one's line of sight slowly moves from the dimly lit courtyard to the outside. 

photo_credit ©️Koji Fujii/TOREAL
©️Koji Fujii/TOREAL

The staircase, which is required by law, is not relegated to the end of the building, but rather is designed as a large spiral staircase in the center. The large staircase in a simple overall composition, will create a gentle rhythmic connection to the surrounding environment.

photo_credit ©️Koji Fujii/TOREAL
©️Koji Fujii/TOREAL
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