HAT is a compact concrete dwelling in tokyo by apollo architects HAT is a compact concrete dwelling in tokyo by apollo architects
aug 22, 2016

HAT is a compact concrete dwelling in tokyo by apollo architects

apollo architects and associates has completed a three-storey concrete home in a densely populated residential neighborhood of tokyo, japan. designed for a couple in their 50s, the client required a large enough dwelling that would allow them to live with a parent. concrete was chosen to protect against potential natural disasters, providing high resistance to fire and earthquakes. the relatively small plot size has resulted in a compact residence that maximizes its available space.

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the uppermost level contains the primary living accommodation
all images by masao nishikawa

 

 

titled ‘HAT’ in response to its distinctive roof canopy, apollo architects’ design is situated at the end of a blind alley. the building comprises of three storeys, with two floors above ground and a basement. the parent’s room is located at the subterranean level, located by the entrance to the property. the couple’s sleeping quarters are found above, flanked by two offices.

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the home’s interior offers abundant natural light thanks to an atrium

 

 

the uppermost level contains primary living accommodation with a kitchen, dining area, and lounge. here, wooden rafters have been used in place of concrete, creating a contrast between the two materials. although it appears closed from the outside, the home’s interior offers abundant natural light thanks to an atrium that rises through the structure. the architects sought to create a secure and protective dwelling that shields its occupants from its surroundings.

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wooden rafters have been used in place of concrete

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staircase leading to the upper level of the dwelling

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the couple’s sleeping quarters are flanked by two private offices

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concrete has been used to protect against the threat of fire and earthquakes

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the parent’s room is located at the subterranean level

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the timber rafters illuminated at night

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an atrium pierces the entirety of the structure

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the entrance to the compact dwelling

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the property is situated at the end of a blind alley

 

drawings

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floor plans (click for larger version)

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sections

 

 

project info:

 

location: shinjuku, tokyo, japan
completed: june 2016
use: private housing
structure: reinforced-concrete and wood
site area: 66.95 sqm
total floor area: 78.68 sqm (40.87 sqm/1f, 39.34 sqm/2f, 39.34 sqm/2f)
design period: october 2012 – december 2014
construction period: february 2015 – may 2016

 

architecture: satoshi kurosaki / apollo architects & associates
structural engineer: nomura structure (nomura motoi)
mechanical engineer: naoki matsumoto
lighting design: sirius lighting office
photography: masao nishikawa

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