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stacked cubes of lumber and concrete shape apollo architects' 'LAXUS' house in tokyo

contrast and privacy weave into ‘laxus’ by apollo architects

 

In a quiet residential neighborhood near downtown Tokyo, the striking ‘LAXUS’ family house by Apollo Architects and Associates unfolds as two stacked cubes of contrasting materials: exposed concrete on the bottom and composite lumber on top. The wood-framed second-floor volume hosts the main living areas and juts out 2.7 meters over the parking area adjacent to the entrance in a dynamic columnless design. Meanwhile, to ensure privacy for the master and children’s bedrooms on the first floor, the building is enclosed by a high concrete wall imprinted with the Japanese cedar formwork used to make it, blocking views of the interior from the street. 

stacked cubes of lumber and concrete shape apollo architects' 'LAXUS' house in tokyo
‘LAXUS’ by Apollo Architects and Associates | all images © Masao Nishikawa

 

 

heigh differences + diffused lighting create an elegant design

 

On the second floor, the Apollo team‘s lead architect Satoshi Kurosaki paired the living-dining-kitchen area and bathroom with an adjacent outdoor living room where exterior furniture and potted plants unify the interior and exterior, creating a charming view from the bathroom. Hugged by a low ceiling, the kitchen takes on a cozy aesthetic, while the dining and living room invite openness thanks to a high ceiling design. ‘This height differential varies the mood in these linked multipurpose spaces, where the kitchen island and dining area can be used for work as well as meals,’ notes the architect.

stacked cubes of lumber and concrete shape apollo architects' 'LAXUS' house in tokyo
two stacked volumes of contrasting materials

 

 

As with most of its residential projects, Apollo Architects injected a skylight on the north side of the ‘LAXUS’ house living room, filling the space with subtle, diffuse daylight that filters down the stairwell to the first-story entrance. Lastly, modern Italian furniture and light fixtures, combined with walnut ceilings and taupe finishes, produce an elegant and timeless atmosphere for residents to enjoy every day. At the same time, natural illumination from the private courtyard gently swathes the interior of this spacious, hushed home. 

stacked cubes of lumber and concrete shape apollo architects' 'LAXUS' house in tokyo
complementing the living room is a low-ceiling kitchen inviting a cozy setting

stacked cubes of lumber and concrete shape apollo architects' 'LAXUS' house in tokyo
bedrooms on the first floor are given privacy thanks to the volume’s exposed concrete walls

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stacked cubes of lumber and concrete shape apollo architects' 'LAXUS' house in tokyo
an outdoor terrace with potted plants invites the outdoors in

stacked cubes of lumber and concrete shape apollo architects' 'LAXUS' house in tokyo
warm lighting engulfs ‘LAXUS’ by Apollo at evening time

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view from the bathroom
view from the bathroom
using composite lumber and exposed concrete to shape the cubes
using composite lumber and exposed concrete to shape the cubes
high-ceiling living room invites openness
high-ceiling living room invites openness

project info:

 

name: LAXUS 

location: Ota Ward, Tokyo, Japan 

architecture: Apollo Architects & Associates | @apollo_architects 

lead architect: Satoshi Kurosaki

facility engineer: Naoki Matsumoto

structural engineering: Motoi Nomura / Motoi Nomura Structures

construction: O’hara Architectural and Construction, Ltd.

lighting design: Ken Okamoto / Ripple design 

photography: Masao Nishikawa

videography: GRAFILM /Seiya Aoki

principal use: Private housing

structure: Timber

site area: 136.48 sqm

building area: 93.68 sqm 

total floor area: 133.43 sqm 

completion date: 12.2022 

design period: 12.2020 – 01.2022

construction period: 01.2022 – 12.2022

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