Yokohama apartment
ON design partners:
'yokohama apartment' by ON design partners in tokohama, kanagawa, japan
all images courtesy ON design partners
image � koichi torimura

japanese architecture practice ON design partners has sent us images of 'yokohama apartment',
a two-storey residential complex for young artists in kanagawa, japan. located in an area populated
with wooden houses and narrow roads, the design elevates the living units to sit above a semi public
courtyard which serves as a multifunctional place for exhibitions, work, and socializing.


street view
image � koichi torimura

conceived as the main communal space, the courtyard is loosely defined by four, triangular volumes
that pinwheel around the center. an outdoor kitchen complete with a sink and stove allows the inhabitants
to congregate in this area for a variety of functions. a washroom and storage closets are accommodated
at the ground level of the four pillars, ensuring efficient organization of the second storey. access to
the elevated living space above is gained by a series of exterior staircases that wrap around the courtyard.
the landings serve as small outdoor terraces that provide visual connection to both the street and
communal area below.

view of communal courtyard
image � koichi torimura

the hovering living spaces are divided as four 'huts', each with a private bathroom and kitchenette.
the make-up and organization of these units maximizes on the individual's privacy. a strip of outdoor
space lines half the perimeter of the floor to provide additional terraces for the inhabitants.
while the courtyard is exceptionally open to the street, the house as a whole maintains its privacy
through careful negotiation of space. 

from exterior staircase
image � koichi torimura

view of street from courtyard
image � koichi torimura

interior view of ''hut''
image � koichi torimura

living space
image � koichi torimura

outdoor terrace
image � koichi torimura

exterior staircase
image � koichi torimura

in context
image � koichi torimura

plan sketch

sectional sketch

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / stairs

floor plan / level +1

project info:

nishida osamu + nakagawa erika / ON design partners
site area: 140.61 m2
building area: 83.44 m2
total floor area: 152.05 m2

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