Current by Hugo Kohno Architect Associates


The city of Saitama, Japan is home to the single-storey two family residence called Current by Japanese architects, Hugo Kohno Architect Associates. The central arrangement of this residence is laid out in a sequence of spaces that include the living/dining area, a tatami corner and a courtyard for shared use by each individual household that creates a 30m main living space, with long and open sight lines. The layout of the private suites on either end of this space creates a sense of scale and distance between families as they face out from their private areas, onto the communal space.



‘Current’ is a unique single-storey residence that features overlapping roofs that give the impression that it’s made up of several residences


The 30-meter long living space and suites of private rooms on either side of ‘Current’ are covered with penthouse roofs that overlap each other repeatedly, as though they belong to a cluster of several residences. Although the building itself is a single residence, from the streetscape, it forms a space much like a row of houses.

The very long and expansive roofs are equipped with several high sidelights that bring in the sunlight, as well as improve the ventilation within the interior. With an innovative design that easily enables ventilation, regardless of pressure or wind direction, the breeze is able to pass through effectively according to the temperature and wind direction.

All the photos belong to Seiichi Ohsawa.