Architects: K+S Architects / Nobuya Kashima + Aya Sato
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Structure Engineer: SHI (Takumi Shinbo)
Site Area: 178.83 sqm
Built Area: 89.12 sqm
Total Floor Area: 141.69 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda
“Retreat” becomes the keyword.
I use the bare concrete wall around to protect the living space from outside environment.
I set the Core Tower in the center of the house and I let the living space stream and spatially continue with clinging to the Tower.
In the space isolated from the outside world, I try to form the characteristically different space surrounding the Core Tower.
Besides it, I make it very open architectonics and the movable partitions enable the whole house to be a one large (connected) room.
This also makes you sense and feel the presence of two big tortoises which are the member of the family anywhere in the house.
Whereas the house at a glance might give a subtle closed expression in the town, indeed creates a warm and gracious atmosphere at night by a light leaks out from the oval aperture of the aluminum panel.