In Small Box House, you can find complexity in its simplicity. In a small plot located in Sapporo, Japan, architects Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier built an apparently simple and high house. Inside, it is surprising how many nuances are there thanks to the different volumes, heights and lights.
Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier’s Office creates a flexible space asked by the clients, forcing a spacial relation as much in vertical as in horizontal, so various lifestyles can be mixed in the same container. “From the casual lifestyle of the client and his wife and also the request to have a part of the house turn into a cafe in the future, we aimed to create a space to be flexible to support events such as the new birth of a child and opening a new cafe”
Inside Small Box House, it is surprising how many nuances are there thanks to the different volumes, heights and lights.
In Small Box House there’s no defined or closed spaces, following the preferences of the family. The façade gaps and the different heights are thought for the users to choose and define its distribution as far as possible. Stairs connect the floor plan with the first floor, mezzanine and the roof; it has a dinning room, living room and a bedroom upstairs, besides a mezzanine floor.
Both the exterior and the interior are covered by wood, meanwhile the steel structure is painted in white and crosses the space in both directions. It is based in neutral and bright colors to increase the width and open-space sensation. Most of the façade is opaque, opening some gaps in a strategic way following the interior spatiality.