Cube House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates / Urbanist Architect
Location: Kanagawa,
Site area: 120.80 sqm
Building area: 72.25 sqm
Total floor area: 114.14 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

first floor plan
south elevation

The house is built on a 1.5M grid module in all XYZ directions.

This site is at a corner of the new residential area in Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan.

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The space is composed of a solid cube of 9.0M x 9.0M x 6.0M and a cubic void of 4.5M x 4.5M x 6.0M.

The hall, children’s room, kitchen are laid out to surround the living-dining room on the ground floor.

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On the first floor, the bedroom, walk-in closet, bathroom, court, are are laid out to surround the double floor-height well which is 6.0M.

Each room of the interior space is connected through the void of the living room.

section 02

And the void cuts off the sky as a geometric form, letting the sunlight inside.

In this house, all events, the changes of the seasons, course of time, and human activity, are created through the void.

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  • Omar

    Jail House?

  • Albert

    Japanese minimalism aesthetics at it’s extreme.
    Especially I like “west facade” :)

    • niko

      I also liked the elevation :)

  • Ichabod Crane

    Mausoleum House? Morgue House? Yeesh!

  • Gato

    It makes me sick

  • QDP

    back to design school. Wrong scale, fear of dimensions, lack of context to human need.

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  • Josh

    This can’t be a house. I applaud the simplicity of form, but it just feels so incredibly cold. The scale of the main area is way too overblown, when it had the potential to be an amazing space. It isn’t inviting in the least sense, and pays no attention whatsoever to the surrounding context. It seems to be driven purely by formalism alone.

  • cerakk

    WWWWHHHOOOOAAAAAAA, jajajajaja, this is a bit excessive.

  • koca

    hahaha. imagine being the kid growing up in this house…

  • up_today_arch

    It can be a house… If you have same mind… Normally houses build for certain client, not by generall rules. If client like this, so… for him it is the best house in the world.