urban architecture office: FKI house urban architecture office: FKI house
apr 18, 2012

urban architecture office: FKI house

‘FKI house’ by urban architecture office, tokyo, japan exterior view of from west all images courtesy of urban architecture office

 

 

 

situated on a narrow site in tokyo, japan, the ‘FKI house’ by japanese firm urban architecture office finds itself amongst a residential district of ordinary wooden structures. the concrete volume contrasts and emerges from the mundane suburban backdrop, featuring a wood grain texture to respond to its surrounding context. the external form maintains the gable roof typical of the area, instead finishing the smooth surface with clean corners and edges. square oriel windows project from the façades, introducing natural daylight into the kitchen, living and dining areas on the upper level.

looking at oriel windows from the south

 

 

the main entry leads to a ground floor bedroom, enclosed with a rounded concrete wall. a poured-in-place stairway leads to the elevated common areas which use diverse floor heights to accommodate the activity of the inhabitants. strategically placed, it serves as a flexible surface for seating, resting and working for dwellers.

close-up of exterior wall

 

view of entrance from outside

 

(left) view of entrance porch (right) looking at main bedroom from entrance porch

 

stairs on the first floor

 

interior view of main bedroom

 

looking at the living,work space,kitchen,bed space from the dining at the 2nd floor

 

interior view of work space, living and kitchen

 

interior on the second floor

 

(left) view of the lavatory from the entrance porch (right) interior view of bathroom

 

surface of wood-gain concrete

 

exterior at night

 

site plan

 

floor plan / level 0

 

floor plan / level 1

 

section

 

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conceptual image of inhabitant activity

 

conceptual section sketch

 

conceptual axonometric sketch

 

diagram of floor surface uses

 

 

project info:

 

location: higashikurume-shi, tokyo architects: UAo structural engineers: kanebako structural engineers general constructors: hanabusa construction site area: 70.74㎡ building area: 42.44㎡ total floor area: 71.50㎡ structure:  reinforced concrete; 2 stories principal use: private residence construction period: april, 2011 

  • Damn that´s some rough architecture! But still cosy… I like you little concrete house.

    t says:
  • Awsome project. Minimal interior.
    Good idea to put Eames plastic group with concrete :
    [url=http://www.mobel-guide.com/chaises-plastiques-eames/] Eames Chairs [/url]

    Archiwebture says:
  • Is it just me, or are these boxy Japanese concrete houses starting to feel old? It was cool the first 50 times, now it just feel very unimaginative. Furthermore i think a lot of them have really bad floor plans/use of space. Maybe it’s a cultural thing, but more often than not i get the feeling it’s a case of architects trying too hard to make the house “special” and “architectural”.

    I rather live in a Muji show room. At least there you can have stuff laying around without it ruining the “atmosphere”.

    Erik says:
  • I like the bathroom design and distribution I think is the best part of the house, the second floor loft looks unsafety. I realy don’t like the Idea of use the second floor “floor” as a dinning table.
    The concrete finish is poor and in my experience, concrete looks better with a smooth finish in case the arquitech decide to leave it without any other finish.
    Best regards

    MM says:
  • This house explains pretty well why there are building codes in the US. Looks like a death trap. Also not really sure I’d want somebody walking right in front of my dinner plate.

    Ari says:
  • I love the exterior, especially the ‘slides’ like you see on motorhomes. The flush glass makes them look perfect. The interior – solitary confinement..

    Jim C. says:
  • We had our apartment Red Tagged (condemned and torn down; California, US) in 2010. It was cement slabs with no wood; only steel support rods. That gray cement construction of this residence appears very similar to my unsafe building. Very interesting wall support around the bedroom and bathroom near the entrance but lack of support over the dining table would appear unfinished to me.

    Chris Jordan says:
  • I love this.
    CONGRATS to the architects!!!

    Diego says:
  • Awesum concept… awesum execution!

    ADG says:
  • Wow.. really interesting concepts. For me, personally I would add some colors….right now i feel like its just too dull. But overall the concept is great. Great post! Interested in seeing different and unique architectures from around the world? We have a post about it…check it out and let us know what you think!

    http://www.eieihome.com/blog/weird-strange-architecture.html

    Enjoy!

    franky says:

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