This house in a quiet residential neighborhood of central Tokyo was built for a couple who had long lived on the property but wanted to rebuild as they entered a new phase of life after their three children left home. The simple exterior design comprised of two massive volumes piled on top of each other takes advantage of the corner lot, with a façade of exposed concrete imprinted with cedar formwork. Outward-facing windows are limited to horizontal slits to preserve privacy and increase security.
Satoshi Kurosaki founded APOLLO following a career in product development for a housing developer and as chief engineer at an architecture firm. APOLLO’s work spans architectural design of villas, vacation homes, and resorts as well as corporate product development and brand design. The firm has received international acclaim, including the Wallpaper Design Award for Best New Private House, and Kurosaki has served as a judge for the Archiproducts Design Awards for seven consecutive years.
GOOD DESIGN AWARD (JAPAN) / Tokyo Association of Architectural Firms / The Japan Institute of Architects Excellent Architectural Award / Modern Living Award（JAPAN）/ HISE Design Award(Slovenia) / Wallpaper Design Award(England) / BUILD Architecture Awards (England) /Architecture Awards for 2016 (England) / GERMAN DESIGN AWARD (Germany) / ICONIC Award (Germany) / Design for Asia Award (Hong Kong) / INTERNATIONAL SPACE DESIGN AWARD (China) / DNA Paris Design Award (France)