cheungvogl: 2 houses
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mar 11, 2010

cheungvogl: 2 houses

‘2 houses’ in tokyo, japan

‘2 houses’, a commissioned project developed by hong kong based architectural firm cheungvogl consists of two nearly identical housing units, occupying two identical plots in tokyo, japan. these neighbouring houses stand side by side, related yet separated. simple detailing, rough concrete and aged timber are elements that tie the two houses together. in its interior, the connection to the outside is reduced down to two linear courtyards. contrary to the openness of the ground floor, the pitched roof is a small space enclosing the staircase.

the choices in materials, which consists of fair-face in-situ and pre-cast concrete, industrially finished flooring and local construction techniques, make these homes economical.

‘2 houses’ interior

staircase leading to the enclosed roof

sectional view

site plan

  • Sensitive design.
    Beautiful project from inside out / outside in.

    Takahashi says:
  • wouldn’t they be more economical (and less brutal/inhospitable) in wood? Im guessing the architects have never lived in a concrete building (or through western modernism) before

    justasking says:
  • this is from a firm in hong kong ‘justasking’. i think they understand concrete buildings.

    jpa says:
  • lovely!

    hompegage says: they from hong kong, project is in tokyo, japan – land of concrete…

    tadao ando rocks!

    tbc says:
  • well, at least some people like it 🙂

    justasking says:
  • it is so nice! the texture of concrete, no curves at all – so simple, and yet, so catchy! thumbs up!

    siriwat says:
  • very poetic. great design!

    catalan says:
  • Perfect walls for some contrasting graffiti!

    Mark says:
  • stunning

    Mr. K says:
  • only let Bansky lay hands on these walls!!!

    Carta says:
  • these guys rock! yeah, it’s in tokyo

    Kumi says:
  • still think it looks like a gulag…

    justsaying says:
  • Love it. Beautiful spaces!!
    sensitive work and the concrete fits perfectly in Tokyo.

    japanese says:
  • just checked out their other projects,
    all with absolute sensual quality !

    justsay says:
  • best ever.

    concrete textures + light/shadow + orthogonal design:
    amazing to see simplicity striking out in a design-world of curves and parametrics. this design really brings it all to the point!

    observer says:
  • calm and quiet !

    Great project.

    Space says:
  • The project is looking very nice and I am sure that when it will be complete it will looks awesome homes that never had been built before. I like the concept and the interior of houses very much.

    elvis.barron says:

    RENATO TELES says:
  • beautiful project

    totoro says:
  • only an architect could live in such a brutal construction.

    moty says:
  • …wordless….

    …just so cool!

    ….love it!

    Daedalos says:
  • Beautiful project and congratulations!
    Clients love the work. Thank you for all.

    san says:
  • Most beautiful bunker ever ! And no waste of space.

    yann says:
  • iconic

    bradshaw says:
  • At the first glance its very poetic and zen.
    This project has a strong sense of the Berlin Wall in the war zone, a little concrete jail like, very cold.
    Suddenly felt the Japanese life and its sensibility disappearing…
    its becoming love & hate in the cross road.
    Isolation and distance.

    Not very Japanese after all.

    nic says:
  • This is isolation architecture of the worst kind. A brutal prison camp like shell, maybe they think its artistic – its not. It will be striking but for the wrong reasons. It sticks its fingers up at its surroundings – it says ‘you cant come in’ and ‘i am better off than you’, and as pointed out by others creates a guetto environment outside ready for graffiti and dirt. Concrete can be a beautiful material (although highly un eco), but not as seen here. Pictures 2 and 3 best show what they are actually creating.

    AT says:
  • did someone forget we are in the 2000’s? this project seems to come out of somewhere in central europe derelict war zone 1946.

    nik says:
  • architecture creating strong emotions, specially for a private residential, is quite rare in a wide offer of faceless, emotionless architecture all around the world. creating privacy and sensuality of that kind in the densest populated city in such a simple and reduced way is quite amazing.
    so if i was asked about my emotions, i have to say, i love it indeed.

    soe says:

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