apollo architects extrudes white volume from patio house in japan apollo architects extrudes white volume from patio house in japan
jun 26, 2015

apollo architects extrudes white volume from patio house in japan

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

  • Very nice. Not just another house. The interior finishes and the level change from the dining area to the Living space is just what the space needed. Wonderful ceiling treatment upstairs and a couple of narrow side yard windows can easily control what could be a view to the neighbors. Just the addition of the narrow windows provides the relief needed from a solely interior oriented structure. Central court with the tree is a lovely touch and all of the windows/doors onto the interior court take full advantage of the natural light it provides.
    The evening photos are great and so is the lighting.

    Ron Smith says:
  • Would have been great to see a set of floor plans.

    Ron Smith says:

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