D-Apartment by
Spacespace

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Slideshow: none of the elongated rooms inside this curvy apartment block in Osaka are more than two metres wide.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

Designed by Japanese architects Spacespace, the three-storey building folds around a narrow courtyard, while external staircases and balconies branch across from above.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

These metal staircases provide direct access to four of the five apartments contained within the block.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

A small shop is located on the ground floor and faces straight out towards the street.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

You can also see another long and narrow building designed by Spacespace here.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

Photography is by Koichi Torimura.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

The text below was provided by the architects:


D-Apartment (Casa Kojiro)

Smooth configuration

This collective housing’s scale is intermediate position between detached housing and building.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

This project site is situated on the west side of small station, a big 700-year-old camphor tree passing through the platform and the canopy.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

The west side being mixed multiplicity of environmental-elements (bicycle-parking space, shrine, shops under the elevated, small street stand, etc) is more congested and lively than the east side being developed small station plaza and roundabout in order.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

This project site having 5 borders is enclosed in too many elements, but the front road on the west side of this site facing 1st floor office and the elevated platform viewing to north, the sun to south are particularly important things.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

So, I thought to design the building connecting these 3 elements smoothly.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

Shapes and environment

Ordinarily collective housing for single family is 20-30㎡ in Japan.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

This plan is composed of 4m×8m grid, and bathroom, lavatory, corridor and entrance occupy it’s large area.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

So, living space is very small. Dwelling variation is made by only changing the wallpaper.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

If dwelling unit is 2m×16m, this plan widen to only one side and become corridor like room.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

Bathroom and bedroom is allocated on the end. This privacy area is hidden by bending the room shape, not getting the walls up.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

Whole volume is consist of 2 rooms fit in 1floor×3layers. Allocating 2m wide wall-like volume along the border line of lot, and controlling the position of open-air stairs, generate the method of dwelling variation by it’s shapes and relation to environment.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

Very thin courtyard generated by these process and open-air stairs are very comfortable space compared to ordinary open-air stairs of collective housing enclosed in neighbor buildings.

D-Apartment by Spacespace

Windows are aligned by a pair (symmetrical to room center line) for ventilating and daylighting the courtyard through 2m volume.

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Imaginative power of anonymous plans

Many people will have some experience in apartment-hunting. We often encounter diversified plans. Some apartment has strangely huge balcony, and is labyrinthine, is extremely long.

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These fascinating aspects in particular to anonymous apartment plans are only discovering things for architects. I make an attempt to using imaginative power of anonymous plans for designing method. The possibility of generating new architecture is already in existence.

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Architects: SPACESPACE /Takanori Kagawa + Junko Kishigami
Structural design: OHNO JAPAN

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Constructor: PanaHome
Location: Osaka, Japan

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Program: collective housing + shop
Area: site161.72m2・floor240.16m2

D-Apartment by Spacespace

Structure: steel・3stories
Date: December, 2011

  • turtle

    anymore white boxes from the japanese?

    • H-J

      If those white boxes are so well done as this one, keep 'em coming!

  • ivan

    I love Japanese architecture! For the sake of a crazy concept the balcony is made unusable! Not to talk of the apartments…. ! I want such clients here in Europe!

  • j_11

    I think its very telling that the majority of the photo's feature someone blurred, suggesting movement. It reinforces the feeling of an elaborate corridor, or human marble-run.

  • iikka

    It's fascinating that they have a market for apartments suited only for a single person – or make that a single bed! I haven't slept in a bed that size since my dorm room in college.

  • WeiMing

    It's a very clever use of the small site to accommodate 3 distinct apartment units yet linked. I supposed you really need to be confronted by such a site constraint in order to think out of the box. Kudos to this Japanese Architect !

    • http://www.kilala.nl Cailin Coilleach

      Three apartments? I count five, plus the shop :) There are also five mailboxes at the gate.

  • jordanjlloyd

    What I like about this project is the simple fact that is there is a tremendous amount of variety within a very tight site.

  • Sortez

    Does white eaqual to pure?