komada architects office: SLIDE house
original content
feb 13, 2013
komada architects office: SLIDE house


‘SLIDE house’ by komada architects office, suginami-ku, tokyo, japan

image © toshihiro

all images courtesy of komada architects

 

 

in the dense tokyo suburbs, takeshi and yuka komada have redesigned the bland, grid-like approach to cooperative housing in favor of a dwelling
centered around dynamic movement and active spaces organized by mobility. ‘the SLIDE house’ consists of 9 total units, built around a central
courtyard and connected by sharply angled paths of circulation. while the courtyard is split by a green screen, each apartment’s program is linearly
assembled and linked by a network of stairs. the effect is that of a stacked series of landings; some extruded and containing domestic spaces and
others shortened to emphasize their liminality. this is fundamentally an architecture of human movement, wherein the planar areas of ‘treads’ become
spaces of rest and study and the vertical slabs of ‘risers’ become walls and shelving units. four of the apartments open to the elongated courtyard
and five units have a private roof balcony, a rare feat in the otherwise congested city fabric. the staggered landings also create optimal conditions
for ample amounts of interior light. the slab-like surfaces strike an aesthetic balance between a harmonious addition to the urban context and
a welcome change in the geometry of the skyline.

 

 

more than half of the units have roof balconies, allowing tenants unprecedented access to the cityscape

image © toshihiro

 

 

sunset views from the private roof terraces

image © toshihiro

 

 

the residences are both separated and linked by stairways

image © toshihiro

 

 

steps transcend their primary function and become shared social spaces

image © toshihiro

 

 

stairs also elegantly give way to areas of program, like the above transition from roof balcony to kitchen

image © toshihiro

 

 

the angled passages allow light to tumble into the space

image © toshihiro

 

 

(left): a view of the tatami areas from the base of the stairs
(right): a view of the study/sitting area from the top of the same steps

image © toshihiro

 

 

exaggerated treads and risers become a child’s play space

image © toshihiro

 

 

interior view

image © toshihiro

 

 

night view of the central courtyard and curved ‘green screen’ designed for climbing plants

image © toshihiro

 

site plan

 

roof plan

 floor plan level 2


floor plan level 1

 

floor plan level 0

 

 

floor plan level -1

 

 

section

 

 

unit H axonomteric

 

unit N axonometric

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
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.

product library