apollo architects and associates: le 49 apollo architects and associates: le 49
mar 28, 2012

apollo architects and associates: le 49

‘le 49’ by apollo architects and associates, kanagawa, japan all images courtesy of apollo architects and associates image © masao nishikawa

set upon mount kamakura in kanagawa, japan is ‘le 49’, a single family dwelling by japanese architect satoshi kurosaki of apollo architects and associates. overlooking sagami bay, the two-storeys of staggered volumes reveal framed views after an internal procession to the upper level. triangular pilotis emerge from the sloping terrain to support the structure. at ground level, an entry corridor leads to a master bedroom and bath along with a workshop with access to an adjacent outdoor courtyard. a memorial tree is planted within the garden, enclosed with the home’s concrete base and open to the sky so the leafy canopy may surpass the top edges of the walls as it grows over time.

white stairs lead to the off-set first floor, creating a constrained glimpse of an intricate wooden ceiling drawing inhabitants upstairs. upon ascension, the entire pentagonal roof is revealed as well as the delicately crafted details of the framework’s steel and wooden beams. diversely sized windows respond to the surrounding greenery and ocean, becoming larger for the dramatic vista towards the city and bringing the landscape to the interior. sliding glass doors stretching the width of the balcony allow an open connection with nature and the outdoors. the kitchen’s appliances are cleanly stowed into the wall, accentuating the minimalist lines of the exterior’s form.

interior illumination reveals the staggered placement of the concrete volumes image © masao nishikawa

view of balcony from the entrance

image © masao nishikawa

(left) entry corridor (right) ground level bedroom images © masao nishikawa

ground level courtyard adjacent to the workshop

image © masao nishikawa

master bedroom and bath image © masao nishikawa

stairs to common areas

image © masao nishikawa

upper level

image © masao nishikawa

pentagonal roof tops the kitchen and living area

image © masao nishikawa

(left) kitchen (right) living area with a framed view to the forested mountain

images © masao nishikawa

view of kitchen from living area

image © masao nishikawa

balcony

image © masao nishikawa

daytime view to sagami bay

image © masao nishikawa

balcony at dusk

image © masao nishikawa

view of living area from kitchen

image © masao nishikawa

kitchen and living area

image © masao nishikawa

(left) detail of the roof’s apex and joining of wooden beams (right) view towards balcony from stair

images © masao nishikawa

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

section

section

elevation

elevation

elevation

elevation

project info:

architecture: satoshi kurosaki/apollo architects & associates photography: masao nishikawa location: kamakurayama kamakura city kanagawa date of completion: december 2011 principal use: private house structure: steel site area: 111.92m2 total floor area: 182.70m2 (79.29m2/1f, 103.41m2/2f) structural engineer: taro yokoyama mechanical engineer: zenei shimada exterior finish: hydorotect colorcoat eco-ex floor: rose wood flooring, tile wall: acrylic resin vernish ceiling: acrylic resin vernish

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