A new take on the multi-generation residence

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This residence located in a suburban Tokyo neighborhood sits adjacent to the client’s mother’s house. It is a new take on the multi-generation residence, allowing the mother to go back and forth as she pleases between her own home and that of her son and his wife.

▼住宅外观,exterior view

▼入口处的走廊使人想起狭窄的巷道,the approach evokes the nostalgic mood of a narrow lane



The simple exterior is clad in black Galvalume (aluminum-zinc alloy coated sheet steel). Past the approach, which evokes the nostalgic mood of a narrow lane, one steps into the entryway and encounters a large courtyard at the center of the C-shaped plan. Next to the entryway is an open tatami-floored room that can be used as either a guest room or a second living room, and beyond that is a bedroom for the client’s mother. Both rooms enjoy excellent views of the courtyard. On the other side of the entryway is an open, sunny bathroom filled with light from an adjacent courtyard that also serves as a laundry-drying area.

▼庭院,the courtyard

▼空间围绕中央庭院布局,the living spaces surrounding the courtyard

▼榻榻米室,tatami-floored room

▼起居室-餐厅-厨房区域,the living-dining-kitchen area

▼带有小庭院的浴室,bathroom with a courtyard


The large main courtyard directly facing the living-dining-kitchen area features wood decking and a “symbol tree.” The fully custom-designed, professional-grade kitchen is open and easy to use, with a pantry area offering plenty of storage space for this couple who enjoy cooking on a regular basis. Cabinets built seamlessly into the walls of the living-dining-kitchen area enable an uncluttered look, while natural light from skylights contrasts powerfully with the dark brown interiors.

▼庭院地面以木板铺设,并种有一棵“标志树”,the large main courtyard with wood decking and a “symbol tree”

▼与墙壁无缝融合的橱柜给人以整洁的感受,cabinets built seamlessly into the walls of the living-dining-kitchen area enable an uncluttered look


Past the living room, the children’s room and master bedroom face the mother’s bedroom and guest room across the courtyard. All rooms of the house thus enjoy views of the courtyard as well as a sense of connectivity with one another, with the living-dining-kitchen area serving as the core. This feeling of unity is the defining feature of the project.

▼从卧室望向庭院,view to the courtyard from the bedroom

▼卧室细部,bedroom detailed view

▼夜景,night view

▼首层平面图,floor plan

▼屋顶平面图,roof plan



Architect Information
APOLLO Architects & Associates Co., Ltd
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Credit Information
Architecture : Satoshi Kurosaki/APOLLO Architects & Associates
Photography : Masao Nishikawa
Project Outline
Location : Oami-shirasato city, Chiba
Date of Completion : July 2018
Principal Use : Private housing
Structure : Timber
Site Area: 873.27m2
Total Floor Area : 129.22m2
Design Period :November 2014 – September 2017
Construction Period : September 2017 – July 2018
Structural Engineer : Taro Yokoyama
Material Information
Exterior Finish : Galvalume
Floor : Walnut Flooring and tile Flooring
Wall : Emulsion Paint
Ceiling : Lauan Plywood
Lighting : LED

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