© ©Koji Fujii /TOREAL

N_apartment // Yohei Kawashima architects inc.

Miyakojima, Japan

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This is a plan for a five-story, 25-unit apartment complex designed in Miyakojima City, Okinawa Prefecture.

Each unit is a one-bedroom and consists of a general-purpose plan.
The common space consists of an elevator, a staircase and a shared hallway, these are required by laws and regulations.
When making this plan, we mainly examined how to connect and create a sequence with the surrounding environment by using the shared hallway and the staircase.

© ©Koji Fujii /TOREAL

© ©Koji Fujii /TOREAL

© ©Koji Fujii /TOREAL

© ©Koji Fujii /TOREAL

The building is divided into two parts due to the irregular shape of the site, with a courtyard between the two buildings, and the shared hallway and staircase are placed around the courtyard.

The staircase has a very gentle slope with a kick height of 140mm and a tread of 520mm, and as one climbs the staircase, one’s line of sight slowly moves from the dimly lit courtyard to the outside.

© ©Koji Fujii /TOREAL

© ©Koji Fujii /TOREAL

© ©Koji Fujii /TOREAL

© ©Koji Fujii /TOREAL

The staircase, which is required by law, is not relegated to the end of the building, but rather is designed as a large spiral staircase in the center.
The large staircase in a simple overall composition, will create a gentle rhythmic connection to the surrounding environment..

© ©Koji Fujii /TOREAL

© ©Koji Fujii /TOREAL

© ©Koji Fujii /TOREAL

© ©Koji Fujii /TOREAL

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