apollo architects and associates have developed ‘grid house’ by integrating the client’s meticulously curated collection of artwork and furniture into the architecture. in turn, this has formed a dwelling that expresses individuality without being overly busy while encompassing museum-like qualities throughout.

APOLLO-architects-grid-house-japan-designboom-02
all images © masao nishikawa

 

 

the property is located in japan, the neighborhood is quiet therefore apollo architects proposed a reinforced concrete structure with a low-profile that would also follow a non-intrusive aesthetic like its context. similar to the exterior, the interior follows a muted, monochromatic color scheme that serves as a neutral background to highlight the artwork on display.

APOLLO-architects-grid-house-japan-designboom-03

 

 

a grid like ceiling in concrete sits above the family room, this coffered ceiling is divided into a 1.2-meter-square lattice, referencing the architecture in temples and sukiya-style structures, also seen in traditional tea houses. at the same time, natural light streams through the clerestory windows that run on the north and south sides but is partially blocked by the eaves that extend out – giving the building a lightness and floating character. in addition to serving its structural purpose of supporting the weight of the roof, the latticed ceiling turns the dwelling itself into a piece of minimalist artwork.

APOLLO-architects-grid-house-japan-designboom-04

 

the floorplan has been designed to be straightforward; the lounge at the center that frames the adjacent courtyard, while on the bedrooms occupy the wings on the opposite site. a symmetry is established that is seen more in ‘western’ architecture including the integration of steps and a private courtyard on only one side.

APOLLO-architects-grid-house-japan-designboom-05

APOLLO-architects-grid-house-japan-designboom-05

APOLLO-architects-grid-house-japan-designboom-05

APOLLO-architects-grid-house-japan-designboom-05

APOLLO-architects-grid-house-japan-designboom-05

APOLLO-architects-grid-house-japan-designboom-05

APOLLO-architects-grid-house-japan-designboom-05

APOLLO-architects-grid-house-japan-designboom-05

APOLLO-architects-grid-house-japan-designboom-05

 

 

project info:

 

 

date of completion: december 2016
principal use: private housing
structure: reinforced-concrete
site area: 308.81m2
total floor area: 126.44m2
design period: july 2013 – december2016
construction period: december 2015 – december 2016
structural engineer: masaki structure laboratory (kenta masaki)
mechanical engineer: naoki matsumoto
lighting design: sirius lighting office
exterior finish: exposed concrete
floor: tile flooring
wall: exposed concrete
ceiling: exposed concrete
lighting: LED

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    architecture news