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September, 2017

"Hello. I'm Satoshi Kurosaki, principal architect of Apollo architects & associates. Since establishing our office in Tokyo in 2000, we have designed more than 130 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 Chiba and Tokyo"


Located in a new residential development in Chiba prefecture, this house sits on a lot surrounded by roads on three sides. The clients requested a design that captured the expansive views to the north by taking advantage of the elevation differential between the roads and the lot.

The house is composed of a white cube and a black volume with a shed roof. This tidy yet distinctive façade gives the appearance of a two-story building, but in fact it is a single story. Natural light pours in through the family room’s clerestory windows, casting beautiful shadows on the large sloped ceiling that create a sensation of floating. The transition from the low-ceilinged entryway to the high-ceilinged family room creates a unique rhythm that adds an element of surprise to the space.  

The triangular terrace connecting to the family room is paved with the same porcelain tile used inside and is at the same elevation. The doors to the terrace slide fully back, resulting in a superb intermediate space where the residents can enjoy outdoor living against the borrowed scenery of the landscape just beyond. The clients plan to use the terrace for BBQs and “glamping” with their children.

The distinct shape of the terrace jutting out over the steeply sloping lot gives the home a second façade, and brings an extraordinary sense of openness to an otherwise simple residence. 

Photos: Masao Nishikawa



This small house in a residential district in eastern Tokyo is home to a couple and their young children. The dark grey galvalume cladding blends gently into the surrounding environment, as if it has been there for many years. Because the lot sits across the street from an elementary school, the clients requested a design that ensured privacy yet was as open as possible.   

Private spaces such as bedrooms are located on the first floor, while the second floor contains a family room with a high, sloped ceiling finished in walnut planks aligned lengthwise to give the space a greater feeling of depth and dynamic connection.

In order to make maximum use of the lot’s narrow frontage, the second floor of the façade consists of one large window. This, however, is covered with wooden louvers that shield the interior from view of passersby and the school, while still allowing in light, breezes, and views. A steel staircase in the family room provides access to the roof but also functions as a sculptural element accenting the high-ceilinged room.

The rooftop is surrounded by walls, creating a private courtyard that serves as an additional living and dining area. Clerestory windows facing onto this terrace bring soft natural light into the family room throughout the day.

While the house is small, it is innovatively designed so that family members can move through the vertical space and find their own favorite places to relax; for instance, because the husband enjoys DJing as a hobby, there is a DJ booth next to the first-floor bedroom. This, perhaps, is the unique freedom and pleasure of a small urban house.

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.


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