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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.

Neut House in Suginami, Tokyo by APOLLO Architects & Associates

 
June 27th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: APOLLO Architects & Associates

The ophthalmologist couple purchased this narrow, but deep, parcel of land in a quiet neighborhood to build a house where they could enjoy their hobby of listening to the music. On the basement level, the courtyard and double-pane glazing provide sound-buffer for this RC-structure studio which is insulated on the exterior. Natural light enters the studio through the courtyard and makes the space exceptionally inhabitable as a basement.

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
  • Project: Neut House
  • Location: Suginami ward Tokyo
  • Photography: Masao Nishikawa
  • Date of Completion: December 2012
  • Principal Use: Private Housing
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete
  • Site Area: 122.26 m2
  • Building Area: 61.12m2
  • Total Floor Area: 153.938m2 (36.94m2/BF, 55.87 m2/1F, 61.12m2/2F)

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

  • Structure Engineers: Masaki Structure (Kenta Masaki)
  • Facility Engineers:  Shimada Architects (Zenei Shimada)
  • Construction: Maekawa Construction
  • Exterior Finish: Exposed Concrete
  • Floor: Walnut Flooring
  • Wall: Synthetic Resin Emulsion Paint
  • Ceiling: Lauan Plywood

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

The balcony extends from the building and acts as the canopy over the garage with pilotis and entrance. The horizontal wooden slats are used as balcony balustrade to block the view from the street while allowing the air to breeze through. The randomly sized wooden pieces give the facade distinctive appearance. The ground floor contains private rooms such as master bedroom and children’s bedrooms. The second floor, on the other hand, is intended as family room. The generously-sized gabled-roof space has two courtyards which accentuate the floor plan with their curves. Through the clerestory windows, the outside scenery and natural light enter the space.

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

The wet area is separated from the living room by the tiled wall with its upper part glazed. The same wooden panel of the living room ceiling is used in the wet area to create the appearance of a continuous space. When viewed from inside, the horizontal wooden louver also accentuates the interior space while securing the privacy. By using only the simple finishing material on the interior, the space has the austere and coordinated feel. Furthermore, the combination of concrete and wood, as well as the gabled roof motif add warmth to the room’s ambience. This design technique allows the occupants to forget that they are in a dense residential district. It is one of the most popular solutions in the urban setting

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

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