hidetaka shirako architect & associates + OUVI: yakumo apartment
hidetaka shirako architect & associates + OUVI: yakumo apartment hidetaka shirako architect & associates + OUVI: yakumo apartment
sep 04, 2011

hidetaka shirako architect & associates + OUVI: yakumo apartment

‘yakumo apartment’ by hidetaka shirako architect & associates + OUVI all images courtesy hidetaka shirako architect & associates image © hiroshi ueda




japanese practice hidetaka shirako architect & associates has completed ‘yakumo apartment’, a residential project on a corner plot in tokyo, japan. a collaborative effort with architecture firm OUVI, the design consists of four free-standing volumes that are arranged in an offset fashion to integrate pockets of outdoor space into the layout.

image © hiroshi ueda




the study of the site recognized multiple external conditions that the apartment complex had to work with: a street lined with cherry blossom trees to the north, an adjacent fire department, and an industrial waste depot to the south. the architects aimed to create separation from these overlapping factors by providing a design that facilitated inward-views rather than towards the immediate site.

image © hiroshi ueda




conceived as a collection of small houses, the project offers four apartment units and individual outdoor gardens. the void spaces give off the impression of having been excised out of a larger collective volume, being finished in a lighter paneling to the dark metallic skin of the residences. offering two levels of living space, the interior utilizes a simple, open-concept layout. large windows face out to the gardens, establishing an active dialogue with the outdoors. though autonomous structures, the individual apartments remain linked through verandas.

view of outdoor void space image © hiroshi ueda

interior view of apartment unit image © hiroshi ueda

(left) second level (right) next to outdoor terrace images © hiroshi ueda

image © hiroshi ueda

night view image © hiroshi ueda

site plan image © hidetaka shirako architect & associates

section image © hidetaka shirako architect & associates

  • I love it!

    Sven says:
  • Japanese arquitecture. Most of the times with something interesting to say. Despite de small size of the apartments and the steep staircases it is a simple and yet nice building. Seems perfectly integrated in the site and neighborhood. Good work with the scale of the overall building.

    Fernando says:
  • I thought that steel panels get really hot in the sun and rather unpleasant in the winter. In the rain it works as a drum and with time it gets the lovely rust. and what about mobile phone network reception?

    Apart from that not the sexiest looking form.

    Oscar says:

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