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February, 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 Tokyo"


A two-family house situated in a residential Tokyo neighborhood. While the living areas are completely separate, the construction features a rhythmically and holistically integrated façade that suits the characteristics of each household.

By providing the parental household (consisting of two parents and a daughter) with a first-floor living-dining kitchen and placing cedar-textured bare concrete walls on the road side, this residence functions as a courtyard house that connects to the forecourt on the entrance side while ensuring privacy. Also, the private floors on the second and third stories incorporate separate private rooms that give each adult resident the freedom to live independently.

Meanwhile, the child household features a central courtyard that creates a separation between the front and inner spaces, linked by a bridge on the second floor. On the first floor, the bathroom and the bedrooms face each other across the courtyard, enhancing privacy. In addition, because the second floor is a high-ceilinged atrium, natural light from high windows and skylights fills the room to create a roomy spaciousness. Because the bridge on the second floor is outside, the living room and dining kitchen are functionally separated into a “main building” and “annex,” facilitating life together while ensuring privacy. It is almost like an urban resort that evokes the atmosphere of a private villa.

At night, the minimal space illuminated by indirect lighting is joined by a warm impression, making you forget that this is a residential area.

Photos: Masao Nishikawa

1st and 2nd floor plan



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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Chika Muto

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



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