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March, 2019

"Hello. I'm Satoshi Kurosaki, principal architect of Apollo architects & associates. Since establishing our office in Tokyo in 2000, we have designed more than 160 architectural works. In 2007, we have opened a satellite office in Seoul, Korea and another office in Zhengzhou, China in 2012. We are currently working on multiple projects including housing and commercial facilities. Today, we would like to present a project completed in Tokyo"


TRANE





This small house in downtown Tokyo is owned by a husband who works in finance and his wife who works in the high-end furniture industry. The husband had previously been a jazz musician, and the starting point for the design was his request that the living space reflect the world-view of his role model John Coltrane’s music.

The building is elevated by pilotis, with the entryway located next to a parking area sheltered by the overhanging volume. The master bedroom is at the back of the ground floor, with a bathroom in front filled with peaceful light that pours in from an adjacent courtyard. A staircase leads to the second floor, where a jazz-bar-like dining and kitchen area offers an ideal spot for sharing a meal or drinks with family and close friends.

The living room is defined by its slanted double-height ceiling and skylights that bring in plenty of natural light, while a catwalk bridge lends an industrial ambiance. The residents enjoy listening to jazz in this space, where a photograph of John Coltrane hangs on one wall. On a small balcony facing the road, steel louvers block visibility from below to ensure privacy.

The children’s room and other private spaces are located in an open arrangement on the third floor, which also provides access to a rooftop bar where the residents enjoy garden parties with their frequent guests.

By avoiding partitions in the compact structure, the design succeeds in creating a single open room linked vertically from floor to floor. The result is a theatre-like small home whose residents live their own story.










Photos: Masao Nishikawa
 
 

APOLLO Architects & Associates :

The name "Apollo" originates from Apollon, god of sun and light in Greco-Roman mythology. The firm was named in 2000 with the hope of pursuing architecture composed of the simple materials of "light" and "shadow", while also aiming to become a luminous presence within the city and society.

www.kurosakisatoshi.com
 



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