apollo architects and associates: ravine
 
apollo architects and associates: ravine
dec 08, 2011

apollo architects and associates: ravine

‘ravine’ by apollo architects and associates, tokyo, japan all images courtesy apollo architects and associates image © masao nishikawa

positioned amidst medium height condominium buildings and old factories in the shirogane minato ward of tokyo, japan is ‘ravine’, a duplex residence for a family and their elderly parents by japanese firm apollo architects and associates. the presence of the established buildings around the site eliminated to possibility of borrowed views and mandated transparent roof planes which open towards the sky, also introducing natural daylight and ventilation. the angled building profile is formed with reinforced concrete insulation panels to protect from earthquakes and are left exposed within the interior.

inhabitants enter through the concealed garage, leading to the private spaces on the lower half of the home, with a ground floor children’s room and additional bedrooms on the successive level. the public spaces are elevated with a joined kitchen and living on the second floor, enclosed with glass blocks to provide ambient illumination while a line of angled skylights introduce natural daylight. a light well along the edge of the structure brings light down to the base. a roof top balcony and garden offer views of the city.

apollo architects and associates: ravine (left) street view (right) angled profile responds to neighboring buildingsimages © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine bedroomimage © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine (left) stair (right) entry corridorimages © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine view of living space from kitchenimage © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine kitchenimage © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine kitchenimage © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine angled skylights in living roomimage © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine living roomimage © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine view of kitchen from living spaceimage © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine (left) view of living room and roof balcony (right) light wellimages © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine roof balconyimage © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine garage and main entranceimage © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine kitchen at duskimage © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine living room at duskimage © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine (left) light well (right) street viewimages © masao nishikawa

apollo architects and associates: ravine (left) aerial view (right) surrounded with medium-rise condominiumsimages © masao nishikawa

project info:

architecture: satoshi kurosaki/apollo architects & associates photography: masao nishikawa location: shirogane minato ward tokyo date of completion: 2011. 6 principal use: duplex structure: rc site area: 73.37m2 total floor area: 215.93m2/1f(38.30m2), 2f(70.48m2), 3f(65.15m2), 4f(34.42m2), ph(7.58m2) structure engineers: masaki structure laboratory. kenta masaki facility engineers: shimada architects, zenei shimada construction: maekawa construction

  • LONELY AND COLD = FUTURE
    I like it!

    juliano
  • I feel like it’s a bit cold and lifeless. the bedroom looks like a basement at first.

    Danielle
  • It’s too dark. First thing I’d be doing is whitewashing the walls. But then again I am Tom Sawyer.

    Tom Sawyer
  • take my money!!!

    jorge

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