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Housing in Onmae by VIDZ Architects

Chunky concrete boxes form a grid of secluded balconies across the facade of this apartment block in Kyoto by Japanese studio VIDZ Architects.

Housing in Onmae by VIDZ Architects

The architects explain that the five-storey building is located on a main road near "many factories", so the balconies have high concrete walls to "ensure privacy".

Housing in Onmae by VIDZ Architects

Windows infill the spaces between each balcony, with translucent glazing that also helps to maintain privacy for residents.

Housing in Onmae by VIDZ Architects

The building was completed in 2007, and a concrete stairwell connects it with a second block completed by the architects back in 2000.

Housing in Onmae by VIDZ Architects

Offices with exposed concrete walls occupy the top floor of the block and open out onto a terrace with a view of the city skyline.

Housing in Onmae by VIDZ Architects

We've previously featured an apartment block with a mask of wooden louvres, as well as one with indoor balconies for keeping an eye on who’s coming and going.

Housing in Onmae by VIDZ Architects

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Housing in Onmae by VIDZ Architects

Photography is by Yoshiharu Matsumura.

Housing in Onmae by VIDZ Architects

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Project credits:
Principle use: Housing
Location: Kyoto,Japan
Completion: 2000 (1st), 2007 (2nd)
Site area: 925.58 sq m
Total floor area: 1,969.86 sq m
Number of stories: 5F
Structure: RC