apollo architects and associates: grow   a family home in downtown tokyo apollo architects and associates: grow   a family home in downtown tokyo
dec 24, 2012

apollo architects and associates: grow a family home in downtown tokyo

‘grow ‘ by apollo architects & associatesimage © masao nishikawa

 

situated on an extremely small plot measuring only 65 sqm, ‘grow’ by apollo architects & associates is a downtown tokyo residence conceived for a husband-and-wife designer couple.

on the ground floor, a cockpit-like office at the entrance which runs along the east side of the home, neighbors the garage, separated by a single pane of glass which visually expands the narrow space. when the garage is open to its fullest extent, it creates a sense of unity between the street and interior. a small square white rock covered courtyard located at the back left corner of the garage fills with diffused light which floods down from the upper levels, projecting a sense of tranquility into the adjoining master bedroom.

a staircase which spirals from the ground floor to the penthouse leads upwards to the second floor outfitted with a large changing room and sleeping quarters for the client’s three children – this area is divided by a curtain. two large doors which open out over the courtyard from the bathroom allow one to enjoy a relaxing ‘outdoor’ bath complete with fresh air and sunlight.

the third floor floor houses the dwelling’s main communal areas such as the kitchen and living room. high skylights installed along the walls and the ceiling – which is sloped as a result of the setback limit imposed by the city – provide a lot of natural light into the home,making it feel open and airy despite its small area. these windows also offer panoramic views of the sky and downtown area with built-in furniture covered in tatami mats lining the south and east facing walls of the family room. a balcony extends from the kitchen where the residents are able to grow their own plants, allowing them to prepare food in an open environment, while a rooftop garden offers an additional green oasis for the owners in the middle of the city.

 

 

the compact site measures 65 sqmimage © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

the third floor family room features built-in furniture covered in tatami matsimage © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

north facing view of the third floor which features sloping ceilings as a result of the city’s setback limitsimage © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

east facing wallimage © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

general view of the third floor kitchen and family roomimage © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

a door in the kitchen opens to a balcony where the owners can grow plantsimage © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

a green roof offers an urban oasis for the residentsimage © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

a spiral staircase leads from the ground floor all the way to the top of the homeimage © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

 

second floor bathroomimage © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

large doors from the bathroom which open over the courtyard offer an environment in which to have an outdoor bath.image © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

 

a long narrow office neighbours the garage, separated by a pane of glassimage © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

 

view into the garage from the streetimage © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

 

garage and office space by nightimage © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

 

‘grow’ by nightimage © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

third floor lighting by nightimage © masao nishikawa

 

 

 

first floor plan

 

 

 

second floor plan

 

 

 

third floor plan

 

 

 

penthouse

 

 

 

section

 

 

 

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south and east elevation

 

 

 

 

north and west elevation

 

 

project outline

 

architecture: satoshi kurosaki/apollo architects & associates location: shinjuku ward tokyodate of completion: july 2012principal use: private housingstructure: concretesite area: 38.37m2total floor area: 124.33m2 (43.61m2/1f, 38.37m2/2f,38.66m2/3f,3.69m2/ph)structural engineer: kenta masakimechanical engineer: zenei shimadamaterial informationexterior finish: exposed concretefloor: wood flooringwall: synthetic resin emulsion paintceiling: exposed concrete

  • I would hope there was some kind of small elevator (1 to 1.25 meter sq) to bring groceries up from the ground floor to the kitchen….. exercise is nice but three flights with groceries ?????? not fun !!!
    that said… interesting home.

    Paedra says:
  • Assume owner must have plug-in car. Overall a great design in tight space!

    mArkW says:
  • I really love this house. It’s one of the few times that I see a design and can see myself actually living in that space. I do, however, have to say that I am completely freaked out that they are living in that house with three kids. I couldn’t even imagine living with one child in this layout let alone three.

    Nicholaus says:

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