The client for this project has a large art collection, and wanted to start a new chapter in life with his family in a house with museum-like qualities that would take advantage of this collection. The neighborhood surrounding the site is quiet, so in order to keep noise to a minimum and not create an intrusive feeling, we proposed a single-story reinforced concrete structure. Like the exterior, the interior features a monochrome color scheme that serves as a good background for artwork. The building and finishing materials were also carefully selected and kept to a minimum, giving the spaces an austere atmosphere.
▼ 建筑给人一种轻的，漂浮的感觉，the building creates a light, floating feeling
The family room facing the courtyard has a high ceiling and clerestory windows that run on the north and south sides. The natural light that pours through these windows is partially blocked by eaves that extend out 1.8 meters and have thin outer edges that give the building a light, floating feeling. The room’s coffered ceiling, divided into a 1.2-meter-square lattice, resembles the architecture in temples and sukiya-style structures, which are inspired by the elegance of the classic teahouse. In addition to serving the structural purpose of supporting the weight of the roof, the ceiling turns the building itself into a piece of minimalist artwork.
▼ 面向庭院的家庭房拥有很高的天花板，the family room facing the courtyard has a high ceiling
▼ 房间的藻井，使得建筑本身成为一件极简主义的艺术品， the room’s coffered ceiling turns the building itself into a piece of minimalist artwork
By integrating the client’s meticulously curated collection of artwork and designer furniture and lighting into the architecture, the spaces express individuality without being overly busy. As a result, the building becomes a “house with museum-like qualities” rather than a museum in the shape of a house.
▼ 建筑与艺术品，精心设计的家具完美的结合，创造出一个个性的空间表达，the spaces express individuality without being overly busy
▼ 主卧室采用单色系配色，the master bedroom features a monochrome color scheme
The layout is extremely simple, with a family room in the center, a courtyard adjacent to that, and a master bedroom, children’s room, and hobby room occupying the wings on either side of the courtyard. While this symmetry gives the house a Western-style formality, the design also disrupts the symmetry in classic Japanese style by including steps and a private courtyard on only one side.
▼ 被灯光点亮的建筑更像一件精心制作的艺术品，the light-lit building is more like a carefully crafted artwork
Architecture : Satoshi Kurosaki / APOLLO Architects & Associates
Photography : Masao Nishikawa
Date of Completion : December 2016
Principal Use : Private housing
Structure : Reinforced-concrete
Site Area: 308.81m2
Total Floor Area : 126.44m2
Design Period : July2013 – December2016
Construction Period : December2015 – December 2016
Structural Engineer : Masaki Structure Laboratory (Kenta Masaki)
Mechanical Engineer : Naoki Matsumoto
Lighting design: SIRIUS LIGHTING OFFICE
Exterior Finish : Exposed Concrete
Floor : Tile Flooring
Wall : Exposed Concrete
Ceiling : Exposed Concrete