Small Box House by Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier
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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.

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


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