ON design: yokohama apartment ON design: yokohama apartment
jul 21, 2011

ON design: yokohama apartment

japanese architecture practice ON design partners has sent us images of ‘yokohama apartment’, a two-storey residential complex for young artists in kanagawa, japan. located in an area populated with wooden houses and narrow roads, the design elevates the living units to sit above a semi public courtyard which serves as a multifunctional place for exhibitions, work, and socializing.


view from the passing street
image © koichi torimura (also main image)

 

 

conceived as the main communal space, the courtyard is loosely defined by four, triangular volumes that pinwheel around the center. an outdoor kitchen complete with a sink and stove allows the inhabitants to congregate in this area for a variety of functions. a washroom and storage closets are accommodated  at the ground level of the four pillars, ensuring efficient organization of the second storey. access to the elevated living space above is gained by a series of exterior staircases that wrap around the courtyard. the landings serve as small outdoor terraces that provide visual connection to both the street and communal area below.


view of communal courtyard
image © koichi torimura

 

 

the hovering living spaces are divided as four ‘huts’, each with a private bathroom and kitchenette. the make-up and organization of these units maximizes on the individual’s privacy. a strip of outdoor space lines half the perimeter of the floor to provide additional terraces for the inhabitants. while the courtyard is exceptionally open to the street, the house as a whole maintains its privacy through careful negotiation of space. 


from exterior staircase
image © koichi torimura


view of street from courtyard
image © koichi torimura


interior view of ”hut”
image © koichi torimura


living space
image © koichi torimura


outdoor terrace
image © koichi torimura


exterior staircase
image © koichi torimura


in context
image © koichi torimura


plan sketch


sectional sketch

 

 

project info:

 

architect: nishida osamu + nakagawa erika / ON design
site area: 140.61 m2
building area: 83.44 m2
total floor area: 152.05 m2

  • very interesting house concept

    73553 says:
  • This is a great concept. I love the covered inner courtyard! The perfect habitants meeting place.

    Konstanze Deutschland says:
  • Really nice!!! natural ventilation in the ground floor must be excellent

    GIARQ says:
  • I hope they have a great relationship with the neighbor, you can not hide from them!

    The Next Door Neighbor says:
  • Be still, my heart.

    morality says:
  • Lovely, clean, fresh, open!

    yarina says:
  • Nice skteches. they depicted the whole story of the house

    peppy says:
  • This is wonderful.
    Full of wonder and why not.

    Constructural Realism - Maui says:

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