GRACE住宅,日本 / APOLLO Architects & Associates




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项目坐落于东京郊区,是APOLLO Architects & Associates事务所为一个三口之家设计的小型木结构住宅。场地周边环境优美,从住宅内能望到附近河畔的景色。设计旨在为业主打造一个日常生活与工作和谐共存的温馨之家,以迎合居家办公的生活方式。存储、厨房电器以及其他功能都被嵌入到墙壁之中,使狭长的室内空间变得更加流畅、统一。

This small wood-framed residence for a family of three takes advantage of the riverside views from its lot on the outskirts of Tokyo. Designed to cater to a work-from-home lifestyle, the storage, kitchen appliances, and other functional features are built into the walls to enhance unity and continuity in the long, narrow space. The result is a home where daily life coexists comfortably with work.

external view of the project ©Masao Nishikawa

external detail of the project ©Masao Nishikawa


A key design challenge was assimilating contradictory elements such as work/leisure, interior/exterior, and private/public in order to achieve that harmonious lifestyle within a limited space. In contrast to private areas such as the master bedroom and child’s bedroom on the first floor, the second floor consists of a single open room. Meanwhile, the exposed rafters of the gable roof with indirect lighting set into them make this second-floor space both unusual and relaxing.

▼室内空间概览,overall of the interior ©Masao Nishikawa

the exposed rafters of the gable roof with indirect lighting set into them ©Masao Nishikawa

Comfortable and elegant interior atmosphere ©Masao Nishikawa


The front balcony, a glassed-in intermediary space with deep eaves, plays an especially important role in transitioning between work and leisure. The furniture on the balcony has a similar aesthetic to that inside the house, which creates a sense of continuity, while the one-way glass blocks visibility from the road but lets in natural scenery, resulting in a uniquely comfortable atmosphere.

living room with plenty of natural light ©Masao Nishikawa

detail of the living room ©Masao Nishikawa

The front balcony outside the living room ©Masao Nishikawa


Enclosing all functional elements within wall storage units allowed us to eliminate the visual noise of excess objects and enhance concentration on work. Perhaps this design approach, which takes smallness not as a minus but as a plus in terms of coziness and comfort, will be even more sought after in the post-Covid 19 era.

kitchen ©Masao Nishikawa

all functional elements within wall storage units ©Masao Nishikawa

staircase ©Masao Nishikawa

Photos: Masao Nishikawa

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