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August, 2015

"Hello. I'm Satoshi Kurosaki, principal architect of Apollo architects & associates. Since establishing our office in Tokyo in 2000, we have designed more than 100 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"


"Acid Bloom 2003" .AN) mika ninagawa

A couple who works for foreign affiliates newly bought a site in a quiet residential area, with a desire for a house that enables living in coexistence with the art collection of the husband, who is a collector of modern art, and his beloved car. In contrast to the exterior that uses exposed RC and bronze tinted glass, the interior space with an L-shaped plan around the courtyard is open and filled with natural light.

Comfortable light from the dry area, which is connected to the courtyard, illuminates the basement space. The basement has a bedroom for their daughter and a second living room, where the family can relax and casually reside as if in a café or a library. The first floor has a main bedroom and storage areas, as well as an open garage for two cars. The second floor has a formal living/dining/kitchen area that can be used to entertain guests, and bathrooms. All rooms face toward the courtyard, in consideration of privacy protection.

The interior decoration of the living/dining/kitchen area with a gloss-coated kitchen, built-in storage, and Italian modern furniture consists of chic colors of mainly gray and beige. Colorful art pieces by Mika Ninagawa that utilize primary colors add stimulation to the space, and exist while enhancing each other’s presence. Furthermore, the symbolic tree view from the picture window creates a borrowed scenery. Diffused light from high windows and skylights formulates fine fluctuations in the gray scene. This living space, which resembles a small art museum in a city, also functions as a system to travel back and forth between the ordinary and extraordinary while interacting with nature, seasons, and aesthetic feelings created by humans.

"Acid Bloom 2003" .AN) mika ninagawa

Photos: Masao Nishikawa



This is a house for a couple in their 40s for spending valuable time with their two daughters. As a motif for the plan, the husband, who is a company owner, chose designs by Alvar Aalto and the small churches that are the heart and soul of people, of which he was influenced when he traveled Northern Europe. The living spaces are filled with the warmth of wood, which is somehow similar to idyllic scenery in Japan.

The site is flag-shaped (a rectangular site with a pole-like narrow path), and surrounded by neighboring houses from all directions. Due to the strictly regulated setback from three directions, the house has an interior space with a complicated roof shape. A large bedroom for the family, storage spaces, a kitchen, and bathrooms are compactly arranged on the first floor, while an expansive open-plan space is placed on the second floor, where all the family members can spend relaxing time. The roof is designed with exposed rafters, which consist of pairs of SPF lumber. Taking advantage of the steep angle, the dynamic sloped ceiling provides the space with expressions of both fineness and boldness.

Diffused light from a narrow skylight on the north side softly passes through louvered rafters, enclosing the living/dining room with steady natural light. The small loft space above the open ceiling loosely confronts the second floor, and unfolds as a compact but comfortable kids’ room that resembles a tree house.

At night, cove lighting illuminates the rafters and creates a dramatic expression unlike that of daytime. Use of steel frames for gable beams increase the sharp expression. The loft is intentionally designed without walls. Instead, handrails hang from the ceiling in order to create a space with a unique floating feeling.

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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