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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Ring in Kitayamacho Fuchu city,Tokyo by Apollo Architects

 
July 7th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: APOLLO Architects & Associates

This project was located in a dense residential area of suburban Tokyo populated by a mix of new and older buildings. As our client wanted a space with a feeling of openness, our main concern was how to ensure both privacy and a sense of harmony with the surroundings.

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  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates /Satoshi Kurosaki
  • Project: RING
  • Location: Kitayamacho Fuchu city Tokyo
  • Photography : Masao Nishikawa
  • Date of Completion : March 2012
  • Principal Use : Private House

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  • Structure : RC
  • Site Area : 104.36m2
  • Total Floor Area : 88.98m2 (40.99m2/1F, 40.99m2/2F)
  • Structural Engineer : Kenta Masaki
  • Mechanical Engineer : Zenei Shimada

Material Information

  • Exterior Finish : Lath Mortar
  • Floor : Walnut Flooring & Tile/1F, Walnut Flooring & Tile/2F
  • Wall : Wall paper
  • Ceiling : Wall paper

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This white house, which stands on a northeastern corner plot, projects a closed-off exterior with only a continuous series of horizontal windows on each side, obstructing views from the outside looking in. The ring-shaped wing wall protruding boldly outwards from the top of the entrance, which also accommodates a parking space, creates a semi-outdoor space that resembles a pilotis structure. This intermediate zone, delicately poised between exterior and interior, produces a measured and balanced sense of privacy.

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The master bedroom, children’s room and bathroom are located on the first floor, while the second storey houses a large single space that serves as a family room. The rigid-frame structure that incorporates a number of steel posts within it allowed us to create a timber-framed house whose south-facing facade features windows that can be opened all the way.

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The ring-shaped outer wall also proved to be effective in shutting out the chaotic urban landscape visible from outside the windows. This particular feature served to frame and “borrow” the aerial landscape outside the house, bringing it into the interior while also obstructing lines of sight that might peer into it. The grating on the floor of the balcony admits light to the bottom floor, while also shielding the inhabitants from prying outside eyes at ground level.

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In contrast to the private rooms on the first floor, the cantilevered second storey with its central public room projects an object-like presence. Although this configuration creates a loose separation between the living room and dining/kitchen, the continuous slanting ceiling serves to unite the entire space, creating a quiet sense of calm.

 

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