Small Box House by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier

© Koji Sakai

Small Box House by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier

Built on the western hillside of Mount Moiwa, the Small Box House is a two-storey single family residence looks like a simple cube overlooking the city of Sapporo.

Architects: Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier
Location: Sapporo, Hokkaido, ,Japan
Photographs: Koji Sakai

Small Box House by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier
© Koji Sakai
Small Box House by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier
© Koji Sakai

The interior organizes itself around an irregularly shaped cavity that is formed out of a corner of the volume, the dining room serves both as a light source and also as a visible atrium.

Small Box House by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier
© Koji Sakai
Small Box House by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier
© Koji Sakai

The floor, handrails, walls, and also curtains, passing the light through, exist lightly inside each life scenes, so the indication of the residents flow continuously without any distraction.

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Small Box House by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier
© Koji Sakai
Small Box House by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier
© Koji Sakai

Inspiration from architect:

From the casual lifestyle of the client and his wife, and also the request to have a part of the house turn into a cafe in the future, we aimed to create a space to be flexible to support events, such as the new birth of a child and opening a new cafe, where various life-scenes existing with reasonable distances to each other inside a simple void, like a barn.

Small Box House by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier
© Koji Sakai