‘silver screen house’ by akasaka shinichiro atelier, sapporo, japan
images courtesy of akasaka shinichiro atelier / © koji sakai
japanese studio akasaka shinichiro atelier has created ‘silver screen house’, a single family residence located in a high-traffic
industrial area of sapporo, japan. situated on a triangular plot of land among a network of intersecting streets and railroads,
the home features an enclosed and protective outer shell that separates itself from the surrounding environment.
a corrugated curtain enwraps the house, negating and concealing the complex organization of sheltered and exposed spaces
that lie within its volume. a single storey void boldly cuts through the middle of the structure, splitting the dwelling into two
internal pieces that ultimately dictate the overall distribution of program and function.
two inner courtyards, restrained by the boundaries of the reflective silver wall, puncture through both floors of the house and
open onto the sky. lining the main spaces on both sides, the voids act
solely to introduce elements of nature into the sheltered
and private home. on the second floor where the main functions are
arranged, two terraces look to further integrate the interior
rooms with the gardens, light and air. branching off the main living spaces, hovered above the vegetation below, the balconies
aim to establish a sense of expansion and escape within the contained and curious dwelling.
contrasting materials define the difference between intended habitable space and ‘outdoor’ space. inside, warm wood and soft
white walls juxtapose the encompassing silver panels, evidence of the disconnected exterior shell.
internal garden beside throughway
and reflecting a distorted representation of the surrounding
environment, the home appears to be in a state of constant flux,
its appearance changing with traffic, time of day and weather.
kitchen, living and dining room with view to terrace
living room with view outwards
overall view of house and surrounding environment
floor plan / level 0
floor plan / level 1
site area: 135 square meters
building area: 80 square meters
gross floor area: 118 square meters