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March, 2020

"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 two projects completed in Ishikawa and Tokyo"

Concept Design / Base Design : SIMPLICITY Ltd., Shinichiro Ogata, Architecture : APOLLO

An gallery space for Kutani ware from the Kinzangama kiln. Mutan means a silent beginning. Creation free from the self.

The creator’s feeling of happiness born of steady day-to-day discipline at Kinzangama kiln; the breath and deportment of artisans exuding from masterpieces of yesteryear that slumber in stone storehouses; even the silent conservations of the old craftsmen that would once have taken place there – all of these, we wish to incorporate and express in works for the present era. It is based on this idea that we have decided to name this space Mutan.

By communicating the somewhat esoteric values of Kutani ware directly from creator to user through the concept of Mutan, Kinzangama kiln seeks to create a space in which to explore the pleasures of a lifestyle with Kutani ware.

The space is a collaboration involving planning and basic design by Shinichiro Ogata of SIMPLICITY and implementation design by APOLLO. The Kanagaso stone used here, in addition to having been utilized in the construction of storehouses and stone walls since time immemorial, can also be said to be a symbol of the local area. To be built with such stone is to show reverence for nature and for culture. Like an ancient stone burial chamber, the space has a very simple structure – a sacred space illuminated only by natural light that filters in from the skylight above.

Photos: Masao Nishikawa

MUTAN – 嘸旦
to-18, Takando-cho, Komatsu city, Ishikawa prefucture, JAPAN




It can be described as a “Tokyo-style” urban house built on a small “flagpole” plot (a square plot with a narrow approach) in a residential Tokyo neighborhood. The central idea of a house for a couple with one child is “minimal.” The key point became how simply – and how beautifully – we could display such a limited amount of space.

We designed the façade of the building at the end of the stepped approach to symbolize the impression of a narrow alleyway, using black galvalume steel sheets to clad the exterior. Once you step inside, a white space opens up that inverts the exterior appearance, with the symbolic steel stairwell functioning as an invitation to the upper floor. A skylight is installed at the top of the stairs, illuminating the first floor with a soft natural light.

The first floor features a compact bathroom in addition to private spaces such as a master bedroom and a child’s room. On the second floor, the provision of public space not only in the form of a living-dining kitchen but a compact courtyard, as well, bring in daylight and elicits a sense of openness.

The cumulative effect of devices including the use of ceramic floor and wall tiles both inside and outside to create a sense of flow and hiding the steel sash frame creates a muted and minimal space. The ceiling features a minimal lighting design based on the maximal use of indirect lighting, so that the space takes on a jewel-like luminance. The house demonstrates how high density arise precisely due to the nature of small spaces.

Photos: Masao Nishikawa

1st and 2nd floor plan


Special Pre-Sale of “GRIGIO” house 

“GRIGIO” House, designed by Apollo Architects & Associates and nominated as Best New Private House in the 2016 Design Awards sponsored by the UK’s renowned Wallpaper magazine, is now available for pre-sale to our newsletter readers in advance of wider release to the general public. Scheduled viewings can be arranged, so please contact us if you are interested.

Price: 198,000,000 JPY
Address: Kaminoge 2, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Completion: March 2015
Building Scale:Two-stories with basement
Site Area: 155.99 m2, Total Floor Area: 144.56 m2, Building Area: 62.32 m2
Structure: Reinforced Concrete
Mechanical Engineer: Naoki Matsumoto
Lighting design: Sirius Lighting Office
Construction: Tsuyuki Kensetsu

Contact information
Real Estate Agency: Transistor
Tel: +81 (0)3 3515 2474
Mail: info@transistor-inc.co.jp

>> More information about GRIGIO


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.


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7-5-8-404 Hiyoshi Kohoku-ku Yokohama-city 
Kanagawa 223-0061 Japan 
tel +81 45 562 2226  



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