Flow by Apollo Architects & Associates


Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

This house in Urayasu, Japan, by Apollo Architects & Associates has a timber-clad sloping overhang containing a private terrace.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

Called Flow, the house's main entrance and garage are shielded by a fence of horizontal slats and sit under the inclined facade.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

The bedrooms and a kennel are on the ground floor, connected to a narrow terrace that runs along the side of the house.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

The first floor is a long open-plan space that houses the kitchen, living and dining areas with storage and facilities enclosed in a glazed unit.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

The sloping concrete overhang that contains the private terrace bounces light into the first floor rooms.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

This terrace also has an external staircase leading up to a roof garden.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

All photographs are by Masao Nishikawa.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

Here some more from the architects:


A "two-generation" house located near the sea.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

The owner requested a garage for two cars and a house that allows for light and air to pour in to let the family relax while also securing privacy.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

The inclined exterior that looms over the visitor with its stark contrast of concrete and wood, playfully gives shape to the owner's minimalist outlook on design.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

The volume balance between the main building and the garage covered with a louver roof has also been planned carefully.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

The distinguishing exterior that shines among the rest of the architecture in the new residential area that tends to lack in personality, makes full use of the characteristics of the site to secure a visual expansion in the interior spaces while being closed off to the outside world.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

On the ground floor, private rooms for family members and the dog are connected with a terrace that penetrates the external wall in a straight line.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

The main characteristic of this house in terms of plan is the misalignment of the ground and first floors.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

The first floor has been designed so that the living room, dining room, kitchen, lounge, terrace and even the roof-top garden are connected in succession at a congenial distance.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

The diagonal terrace, is not only effective in making the interiors appear more spacious and in bringing in light while simultaneously securing privacy but also allows for a view of the sky.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

Kitchen equipment and the refrigerator are built into the walls, so that the space loses the appearance of a kitchen.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

Areas requiring water such as the kitchen and the bathroom are clustered together in an all-in-one space compartmentalized by a glass wall that makes the space appear more spacious while also inducing a hotel-like atmosphere.

Flow by APOLLO Architects & Associates

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Posted on Tuesday September 14th 2010 at 12:33 am by Joe Mills. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • bcndc

    With all the great design and attention to detail in the Japanese homes posted here, why do they F— the whole thing up with those butt-ugly wall-mounted air conditioners?

    • bear

      where is the butt-ugly wall mounted air conditioner? i don't see it in the pictures

      • Jason

        underneath the stairs heading up the the first level. enclosed in a glass room that im not sure the function of.

    • asa

      what a superficial comment… you must be some type of designer; not architect.

  • ryansy

    climbing first step going to rooftop?

  • http://www.mizunonet.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/
    lol Star Wars is still the best inspiration source for architecture!

  • Felix

    Interior is beautiful and well considered. I don't like the exterior at all though. Nice materials, but it's boring and that slant is very aggressive.

  • Slater

    Beautiful project, but I still don't understand the whole fascination the Japanese have with viewing someone in the bath room. Why the hell would you want to watch someone (or be watched) bathing/using the toilet, while preparing food in the kitchen?

    Can anyone shed some light on this? I've seen it quite a few times in posts in the last few months.

    • mmm

      I would not mind to see my wife nude having a hot bath while I am cooking a romantic dinner on Saturday night.
      On the other hand, the toilet is not in there.
      Asian people consider the bath routine a pleasure, not a disgusting act to keep in secret.

  • Jonathan

    I just wonder if during monsoon season will water collect by those windows at the bottom of the slant?

  • Katsudon

    Does rainwater evacuate in the livingroom?

  • Liga

    It is just too clean and impersonal. Sorry to say, but, yeah, actually boring. It is one of those projects that you forget as soon as you’ve closed the magazine.

  • Pragmatic

    Actually, the slant is a waste of space. if it is vertical, there will be a larger space in terrace.

    • asa

      dont forget the poetic nature of the space…

  • turtle

    POETIC! You’ve a hit on something. That place is one hell of a tragic poem. I think the Japanese are going to look back in 50 years and wonder who let all these ugly buildings get realised.

  • acs

    Japanese ugly buildings??? Oo …turtle, u definitely have no idea what good architecture is about and I guess u don’t know about traditional japanese architecture…