Located in a residential area on a plateau in Yokohama, Japan, the Foo House by Apollo Architects & Associates has a distinctive façade with exposed concrete and wooden lattices of Serangan batu wood.
“The husband who likes playing golf and the wife who loves gardening desired a garden, which can be seen from the central living room on the first floor, as the center of the house.” says Apollo. “They also desired a continuation between East and West, and assurance of privacy. The solid teak wood on the ceilings and floors, and the hard expression of the high-strength concrete create a contrast.”
“In contrast to the closed exterior appearance, the interior is all airy. Even the dining kitchen at the back of the first floor is well lit by characteristic lights from the high side window in the open ceiling.”
“By tactfully using the wooden lattices and plantings, a perfect sense of distance and privacy are created between the building and the street, while enabling the enjoyment of the appropriate openness. It functions as a well-balanced urban house.”
A roof balcony is accessible from the second floor bedroom and the children’s room through an opening.
Architecture: Satoshi Kurosaki/APOLLO Architects & Associates
Location: Yokohama city Kanagawa
Date of Completion: February 2007
Principal Use: Private Housing
Site Area: 241.87m2
Building Area: 120.57m2
Total Floor Area: 190.45m2 (1F,113.40 m2/2F, 77.05m2)
Structure Engineers: Masaki Structure (Kenta Masaki)
Facility Engineers: Shimada Architects (Zenei Shimada)
Construction: JP home