Esprit House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

Esprit House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Shibuya City, Japan
  • Architects: Satoshi Kurosaki
  • Structural Engineer: Motoi Nomura
  • Facility Engineer: Naoki Matsumoto
  • Lighting Designer: Ken Okamoto
  • City: Shibuya City
  • Country: Japan
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Esprit House / APOLLO Architects & Associates - Interior Photography, Living Room, Sofa, Beam
© Masao Nishikawa

Text description provided by the architects. A massive concrete and glass exterior defines this house in a downtown residential neighborhood. The client, who runs a company that uses flowers and greenery to design lifestyles, wanted to incorporate that concept into a residence that rethinks the home as both private and open to the public sphere.

Esprit House / APOLLO Architects & Associates - Sofa, Table, Beam, Deck, Patio
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Plans
Esprit House / APOLLO Architects & Associates - Interior Photography, Kitchen, Countertop, Table, Chair, Beam, Sink
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The entrance, located next to a two-car piloti garage, leads to a weight-training gym. On the second floor, in addition to private spaces such as the bathroom, children’s room, and master bedroom, a library utilizes open space around the stairs as an area for family interaction. A family room occupies the third floor, with a deep-covered balcony overlooking the street. One-way glass preserves privacy within this comfortable intermediary space filled with outdoor furniture and potted olive trees.

Esprit House / APOLLO Architects & Associates - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Masao Nishikawa
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Sections
Esprit House / APOLLO Architects & Associates - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
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Other than the open chef’s kitchen, functional elements such as the storage areas, kitchen, elevator, bathroom, and stairwell are concentrated along walls running lengthwise through the house, resulting in a minimalistic tube-shaped space. Natural light and ventilation flow along the north-south axis. The rooftop, accessible through the top floor, has a garden with an outdoor kitchen, furniture, and pergola. Linking indoor and outdoor living spaces and enclosing them with greenery results in a serene atmosphere that is private while still offering attractive views.

Esprit House / APOLLO Architects & Associates - Interior Photography, Living Room, Sofa, Table, Deck, Patio
© Masao Nishikawa
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Elevations
Esprit House / APOLLO Architects & Associates - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Masao Nishikawa

Spaces like the gym, library, rooftop garden and chef’s kitchen are becoming essential in the work-from-home era, with comfortable living environments and intermediary areas linking interior and exterior increasingly in demand. Perhaps the most sought-after characteristic of future homes will be a joie-de-vivre spirit that allows residents to migrate freely between indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Cite: "Esprit House / APOLLO Architects & Associates" 18 Nov 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/992357/esprit-house-apollo-architects-and-associates> ISSN 0719-8884

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