alphaville constructs concrete hikone studio apartments in japan alphaville constructs concrete hikone studio apartments in japan
may 23, 2016

alphaville constructs concrete hikone studio apartments in japan

alphaville constructs concrete hikone studio apartments in japan
all images by kei sugino

 

 

 

japanese architecture firm alphaville has designed a concrete apartment building that consists of six individual units. located near the historic hikone castle, one of the most significant structures in the country’s shiga prefecture, the compact complex is surrounded on three sides by old townhouses in a quiet suburban neighborhood. local regulations stipulated that three parking spaces must be provided, while windows have been carefully positioned to ensure that the new development receives natural light and ventilation. consequently, the shape of the building responds to the sun’s path across the sky — offering a series of double-aspect apartments.

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the complex is surrounded on three sides by old townhouses

 

 

 

on the first and second storeys, two flats are mirrored with different internal layouts. measuring 30 square meters, a typical one-room apartment comprises a kitchen/diner, a sleeping area, and a private bathroom. on the top floor, the arrangement varies in accordance with the roofline. the entire scheme is organized around a centrally positioned concrete stairwell that connects each of the building’s three levels.

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local regulations stipulated that three parking spaces must be provided

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the entire scheme is organized around a centrally positioned concrete stairwell

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looking upwards towards a triangular skylight

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the apartment building consists of six individual units

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the concrete circulation route connects each of the scheme’s three levels

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windows have been positioned to ensure natural light and ventilation

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a series of double-aspect apartments are offered

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the hikone studio apartments illuminated at night

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project development

 

 

project info:

 

name: hikone studio apartments
use: housing
site: hikone, japan
site area: 236.59 sqm
building area: 70.91 sqm
total floor area: 212.73 sqm
scale: 3 storeys
structure system: reinforced concrete construction
structural engineer: takashi manda structural design
completed: 2015
photography: kei sugino

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