The house is located in a quiet residential area in Tokyo. The land is rectangle long from north to south, and a house next door was built very close to the edge of the land on the east side required us to consider having patio in the center to take natural light into the space.
We intentionally planned the entrance to be next to the patio which makes a vertically smooth flow line around the patio.The Entrance and the facade facing road on the south side which are not readily recognized convey humble impression to the house.
For facades, we chose a vertical lattice to keep high privacy to the living area, but also to have wind and natural light into the place. This choice brought a result of a neat and clean look to the front.
To optimize the use of land long from north to south, first we considered to have patio which has a function of taking natural light into the space. In the patio, a tall tree was planted to connect floors and also to bring privacy and natural light to the living area on the north side.
For the first floor, we designed entry area in the middle, warehouse, guest room, gymnasium and parking area. Above the parking area, little terrace with private garden was made to secure high privacy for their living, dining and kitchen area on the second floor.For the top floor, individuals rooms for three kids, master bedroom and bathroom are planned.
Architect: Keiji Ashizawa Design
Project architect: Keiji Ashizawa / Mariko Irie
Structural engineer: Tetsuya Tanaka Structural Engineers
Photo: Daici Ano
Architect: Keiji Ashizawa Design
Project architect: Keiji Ashizawa / Chaoyen Wu / Tsubasa Furuichi
Design: Keiji Ashizawa
Landscape: Hashiuchi Landscape Design
Furnitures: ISHINOMAKI LAB, karimoku new standard
Photo: Takumi Ota
Walking down to the street in Harajuku, one of the busiest and trend-setting shopping districts in Tokyo, you encounter the low rise building in the greenery alley. Down to the stairs, hearing the sound of stepping on gravel, you see the contemporary space filled with a welcoming atmosphere.
On the concrete made counter, robot arms that trace professional baristas brew coffee with a rich aroma. People sitting on Ishinomaki Bench adds rhythm to the consistency generated from the shared element as steel parts of the custom-made window frame, some furniture, and the counter-frame. The large opening invites seasonal breeze and light, while the beauty of wood of Ishinomaki Laboratory furniture brings outer air to the inner space.
Under the client’s concept, the suggestion of technology to adapt to lifestyle and nature, adding an organic element to clean and succinct lines of the space enables comfortability connecting tech and people.
Bismarck House by Andrew Burges Architects
Bondi, Sydney, Australia
Architecture: Andrew Burges Architects (Andrew Burges, Min Dark, Eric Ye, Peter-Ewald-Rice)
Interior: Andrew Burges Architects in collaboration with David Harrison & Karen McCartney
Landscape: Dangar Barin Smith (Will Dangar)
Client: Will & Julia Dangar
Photography by Peter Bennetts and Prue Rusco
Kew Residence by John Wardle Architects
Architect John Wardle renovates his own house in Australia.
Architect: John Wardle Architects
Project director: John Wardle
PA: Luca Vezzosi
Interior Designer: Jeff Arnold, Elisabetta Zanella
Construction: Overend Construction
Structural Engineer: 4 Site Engineers
Building Services Engineer: JWA
Building Surveyor: Sampson Wong
Photography is by Trevor Mein and Sharyn Cairns
Taller — Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo