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09 August 2013,
Apollo Architects & Associates once again shows that architectural work can be both functional and full of character. Arrow House proves that it is possible to create an individual space that co-exists with the neighbourhood despite its location in a densely populated residential area.
Long sloping staircase, asymmetrical appearance, lopsided roof and clerestory windows are the compositions that make this SOHO Arrow house stands out amidst its Japanese neighbourhood. Apollo Architects & Associates is the mastermind behind this distinctive piece of residential in Japan. The combination of these distinct parts gives character to this small house in Tokyo.
The long white staircase leading up to the first floor is part of the characteristic facade. Its clean-looking design spells simplicity and looks truly inviting to visitors. “The shallow sloped stairs nicely match the sharp inclined wall,” states the architect Satoshi Kurosaki.
“SOHO Arrow stands out amidst its Japanese neighbourhood”
This two-storey residential built on a portion of the lot of the owner’s parents’ house comprises a studio, hall and bedroom on the ground floor; and the living, dining and kitchen place on the first floor. It is functional in a way the owner can turn the ground floor into a space for photo shoots, and retire to the bedroom whenever he feels the need for some shut-eye.
On the ground floor, the glass walls that make up the photography studio unify the interior and the exterior, contributing to a larger sense of space. As described by Apollo Architects & Associates, the living space enables the owner to play with a variety of natural light during daytime. At night, the light and shade from the house next door come into play with the white-coloured wall as backdrop.
The first floor is an open one-room space, including the loft which is accessible by a wall mounted ladder. Meanwhile, the clerestory windows along the lopsided roof allow and let in a comfortable amount of natural light without overlooking the neighbours. “An unblocked sky view from the skylight has the effect of making one forget that the house is in a densely populated residential area,” explain the architects.