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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.

SLASH in Chiba, Japan by APOLLO Architects & Associates

 
September 21st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: APOLLO Architects & Associates

This house stands in a nature park with an ocean view, and a mountain behind it. It was designed as a weekend house for the owner to relax while enjoying sunset views. The site is along a busy road. Therefore, the problems of noise and privacy were solved by making enough distance between the road and the building, and by using a reinforced concrete structure facade with minimal openings.

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

  • Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates
  • Project: SLASH
  • Location: Futtsu city, Chiba, Japan
  • Photography: Masao Nishikawa
  • Date of Completion: December 2006
  • Principal Use: Villa
  • Structure: Reinforced Concrete
  • Site Area: 383.00 m2
  • Building Area: 121.29m2
  • Total Floor Area: 97.60m2 (1F, 97.60m2)
  • Structure Engineers: Masaki Structure (Kenta Masaki)
  • Facility Engineers: Wa Architects
  • Construction: JP Home

Material Information

  • Exterior Finish: Exposed Concrete
  • Floor: Wood Flooring
  • Wall: Exposed Concrete
  • Ceiling: Acrylic Emulsion Paint

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

A parking lot for several cars was made on the east side of the site for hosting many guests. The approach to the building is a shallow down-slope, which is intentionally curved to generate expectations for the interior space. Since the side facing the ocean is lower than the road side, occasional views of the sea horizon are glimpsed through the horizontal ribbon windows on the facade while approaching the house.

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

The building is one story in order to create harmony with the environment. By designing a long north-south building, it was intended to hide the existence of the ocean from the entrance, so that the superb view can only be seen from the inside of the house.

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Each room can be approached through the interior corridor behind the entrance door. A large bathroom is created on the north-west corner to ease exhaustion from marine leisure. While sitting in the marble bathtub, a stunning vista can be seen from the corner window.

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

It is also entertaining to have dinner on the wood deck as you enjoy the indescribable sunset.Wooden folding doors are made for security reasons and to protect the ribbon windows on the sea side from typhoons as well as salt damage. The combination of the exposed high-strength concrete and the teakwood, which is used for floors, ceilings, furniture, and the kitchen, create a resort atmosphere and the flavor deepens as the building ages.

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 © APOLLO Architects & Associates

Image Courtesy © APOLLO Architects & Associates

Image Courtesy © APOLLO Architects & Associates

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