apollo architects and associates: knot
apollo architects and associates: knot apollo architects and associates: knot
dec 28, 2010

apollo architects and associates: knot

‘knot’ by apollo architects and associates in tokyo, japan all images courtesy apollo architects and associates photograher: masao nishikawa

‘knot’ by japanese practice apollo architects and associates is a 100 m2 house for a married couple in a residential neighborhood of tokyo. situated on a corner of a hilly site, the building takes advantage of the half-floor difference between the front and the back by offsetting the interior space, establishing a vertical continuity in circulation and visual connections.

exterior view

the exterior, which resembles a partially pulled-out drawer, is composed of reinforced concrete and glass. a series of translucent panels house the dwelling’s open veranda space, providing abundant natural light for the living room while still establishing a level of privacy. another glass-encased void space acts as a light well by the kitchen and dining area.

living space

devoid of any partition walls, the compact design assigns specific areas and programs by breaking up the space on a vertical plane. the living room is stepped up half a storey from the kitchen and dining space while a mezzanine-like office room overlooks the lounge. this partial offsetting provides multiple sightlines throughout the interior, allowing the space to gently connect both vertically and horizontally.

looking towards the balcony


(left) stairs up to office (right) living room from the office

(left) street facade (right) from the balcony

longitudinal section

cross section

project info: principal use: private house structure: reinforced concrete site area: 100.18 m2 total floor area: 99.27 m2 (50.04 m2 / level 0, 49.23 m2 / level +1) structural engineer: taro yokoyama

  • Multiple space creation…I like it..

    livecircle says:
  • I’m liking this firm’s work more and more

    it’s refreshing to see an interior published with some furnishings (abeit iconic props) in it that render some sense of scale and domesticity

    dbkii says:
  • yes its nice, but isn’t it really unclear? the concept? and this looks rather like a house for the weekend or for holidays, than for permanent residence

    ks says:
  • cool stipper pole

    cjbxz says:
  • Call me old fashioned but all that exposed concrete looks cold as hell and kind of depressing. I feel like a little wood veneer or some warm colors could make this a really nice space.

    ita says:
  • I would like a plan with some section cut lines.

    Henry says:

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