Ridge by SNARK
and OUVI

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Slideshow: Japanese studios SNARK and OUVI have completed two apartment blocks in Takasaki City that look like clusters of two-storey houses.

Ridge by SNARK

The sixteen apartments have identical layouts in plan, yet every one has a differently shaped elevation that has been designed to create the best lighting and views for each precise location.

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This means room heights, window positions and roof pitches vary for both blocks, while some of the top floor residences feature suspended ceilings that zigzag up and down.

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Both buildings are entirely clad in light blue coated steel and all sixteen apartments have minimal white interiors.

Ridge by SNARK

See more architecture and interiors from Japan here.

Ridge by SNARK

Photography is by Ippei Shinzawa.

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Here's some more text from the architects:


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About the concept of an apartment that was built in Takasaki city, Gunma.

Gunma is the car society and, a car ownership rate per person of Gunma is the highest in Japan.

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The transportation by car expands a sphere of life, and this is special locality of Gunma.

Usually, a context of creating architectures is quoted from a neighborhood and small area where we can go on foot.

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However, I quote a context from a wider range in this case and, design it by a macro scale of the scenery.

Plan of every dwelling unit is almost the same but section is not same at all.

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I designed the section of every dwelling unit carefully from the every situation - position of the room, line of sight from a peripheral road, and roof shape.

As a result, shape of windows and undulation of ceilings is each different.

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Those things and difference in floor level control line of sight and light.

A shadow provides density of light and shade for the place.

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Every ridge such as ream of slant roof, undulation of ceiling show the new form of the apartment in this area that is able to link the sense of the resident to "wide neighborhood" that is a local characteristic of Gunma.

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Team:
Architects: Sunao Koase / SNARK (Team: Sunao Koase, Yu Yamada) + Shin
Yokoo / OUVI.

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Structural engineer: Shin Yokoo / OUVI
Landscape: Atsuo Ota / Acid Nature 0220 (Team: Atsuo Ohta, Tetsuo Matsushima)

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Building Data:
Location: Takasaki city, Gunma, Japan
Site area: 708.75 + 679.68 square metres
Built area: 242.56 + 244.53 square metres

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Floor area: 460.71 + 463.06 square metres
Number of floors: 2
Structure: Wood

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Timeline:
Design: 2010.4-2011.8
Construction: 2011.9-2012.2

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  • Colonel Pancake

    God, this is incredibly depressing. I can practically smell the aerosol and hear the fluorescent lights buzzing.

    If anything, this is a fabulous example that shows how important proportions are. Painting everything white in the name of minimalist purity is not some "one size fits all" aesthetic bandaid, which some Japanese designers seem to forget.

    Spaces need to be ordered and simple, but humane and welcoming for individualization. In these, you've got some cramped spaces with awkward edges and some poorly conceived windows made of cheap aluminum, which leads one to believe this would make an adequate psych ward.

    It looks like a really bad place for a person to find their own space in the world.

  • gerardmcguickin

    I love how that lone Series 7 chair is framed by that minimal white space. Beautiful contrast.

  • Chris

    If you haven't already noticed, Japanese people REALLY like the colour white.

  • Josh

    Has anyone been to takasaki? I used to live around there and believe me as far as apartment buildings go this is a big improvement.

  • karl

    I lived in Japan for 6 years. This site seems to throw any completed Japanese units/houses on as good design when it is the same as much going up. It may as well be a LeoPalace. hmmmph