apollo architects extrudes white volume from patio house in japan
photography by masao nishikawa




residing in a peaceful neighborhood in kawasaki-city, japan is ‘patio house’ by apollo architects and associates. the scheme is characterized by its minimalistic façade — a stark, white box that effortlessly extrudes from the timber structure. internally, the layout circulates around a central patio. due to the lack of windows on the exterior, the residence gives the impression of being a highly private and enclosed space, but coupled with the fully glazed internal walls natural light entering the rooms is maximized.

an airy patio space filled with natural light rests inside as the core of the interior spaces




split between two levels, a single tree (stewartia monadelpha) has been planted at the center of the patio. the living spaces are furnished in a contemporary style, along with touches of traditional japanese tatami and a slanted ceiling surface constructed with SPF timber becomes visible. the glazed surfaces reflect the natural light from the central void, producing a play of light and shadow on the ceiling.

the open interior allow ample light to flood the home during the day




on the upper levels, built-in furniture has been installed to provide seamless storage for personal items, while large sliding doors have been included for the unity and consistency of the different communal spaces. raised on a platform are the dining and kitchen areas, this gradual and subtle transition adds a theatrical aspect whem moving from one area to the other.

going up the strip stairs overlooks the stewartia monadelpha planted in the patio

the slanted timber trusses above the kitchen and dining space


each space has a seamless transition from one to the other

the white volume protrudes out from the timber façade



project info:

location: kawasaki city, japan
date of completion: february 2015
principal use: private housing
structure: timber
site area: 175.21 m2
total floor area: 114.35 m2 (55.97 m2/1f, 58.38 m2/2f)
design period: november 2012 – january 2014
construction period: january 2014 – february 2015