Japanese architectural practice APOLLO Architects & Associates have realised this single family two-storey house located on Mount Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture. Featuring a striking, pentagonal roof and floor-to-ceiling windows boasting panoramic views of Sagami Bay, the 180-square-meters residence was completed in December 2011.
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‘The house consists of rectangular volumes with concrete bases to which a white photocatalytic pigment has been applied. These volumes are staggered to create an overlapping effect that projects a modern sensibility while also embodying a certain Oriental aesthetic. As you descend the narrow slope while facing the ocean, the triangular pilotis at the entrance to the house come into view. This approach to the building also speaks eloquently of the unique features of the site.
‘The memorial tree planted in the courtyard outside the first floor workshop ensures a certain degree of privacy. As opposed to the privacy of the first floor, the second storey is an open, spacious environment. The sizes of the windows were calculated to frame panoramic views of the surrounding forest and ocean, while storage space, sinks and other amenities were stowed neatly into the walls.’