akasaka shinichiro atelier: small box house
akasaka shinichiro atelier: small box house akasaka shinichiro atelier: small box house
mar 15, 2011

akasaka shinichiro atelier: small box house

interior view all images courtesy akasaka shinichiro atelier photographer: koji sakai

‘small box house’ by japanese studio akasaka shinichiro atelier is a two-storey residence in the western hillside of mount moiwa, sapporo. by the request of the clients, the dwelling is designed to be flexible in order to accommodate a cafe on the main floor as well as to host a variety of events in the future.

towards atrium void on upper level

resembling a simple cube from the outside, the interior organizes itself around an irregularly-shaped void cut from one corner of the volume. serving as both a light well and visual atrium, the dining room/public cafe space is hosted in this space. the more-than-double height zone lends a sense of open airiness.

looking down atrium

overlooking the dining space below is the second level which is loosely arranged into a domestic loft. interspersed with horizontal and vertical structural supports, the space is devoid of conventional walls and partitions. the expansive verticality is taken advantage of with the insertion of a tiny mezzanine level, which provides access to the roof via a system of step ladders.

dining space

(left) back door from dining area (right) entrance

entrance from the outside

exterior elevation

‘small box house’ by akasaka shinichiro atelier in sapporo, japan

  • can i have one of those? love it! elegancy and simplicity

    nina says:
  • Simply gorgeous!

    Decor Girl says:
  • It’s perfect.

    Jacob says:
  • Beautiful and compact

    db says:
  • What type of wood was used for the “paneling” throughout? Was it treated? It’s so wonderfully vanilla-bean or something…

    wstark says:
  • lovely. not too crazy about the curtain effect to shut the second level from the ground floor level. maybe bamboo blinds or linen blinds would look better. panelling really nice. some hotch potch interior design elements, though on the whole i think the sparse and function works well with more traditional lines seen in some furniture elements. very inspiring.

    lvanwyk says:

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