studio velocity embarked on the design of the kowa apartments with the aim of rebuilding a housing complex in mihama, a seaside town on the southern tip of a peninsula in japan’s aichi prefecture. as the site’s pre-existing, 1950s-era apartment building was facing such issues as structural failure and decline in occupation, the studio resolved to replace the unusable structure with an open, friendly complex of spaces for multi-generational families. while the number of apartments was reduced in the new plan, an ambiguous boundary between public and private spaces promotes engagement between neighbors.
studio velocity’s main goal for the kowa complex was to develop a hybridization of the detached housing and apartment typologies. We created ambiguous boundary of private territory and public territory by large roof of every house which covers the public alley and preivate room. Each of the 10 buildings is surrounded by a wooden deck (enngawa) that welcomes the neighbors and connects the alley and the living room.
设计公司：studio velocity (Japan)
设计团队：KENTARO KURIHARA + MIHO IWATSUKI