frame house

The approaching 2020 Olympics in Tokyo have caused a shortage in building materials and a huge jump in building expenses. So what’s a couple to do when they want to build their first home quick and on the cheap? One Tokyo couple asked Apollo Architects & Associates to create a home on a small budget and a short schedule.

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The architects responded with a beautiful home that makes liberal use of concrete, an inexpensive and quickly-deployed building material. Concrete also happens to be versatile and surprisingly attractive when used well.

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FRAME is the stylish, compact home that Apollo & Associates created. The exposed-concrete construction lends an industrial look to the abode, but the starkness is perfectly balanced by liberal use of teak wood for the floor, ceiling, furniture, and fixtures.

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These simple and repeated materials make the home feel very clean and modern. Its simple lines all lead the eye toward the enormous plate-glass window at the street-facing side of the second story. This window illuminates the public living areas of the home.

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On the ground floor, the husband’s fashion photography studio occupies a cozy area accented with more concrete and teak. The top story is currently unoccupied; this is the area the couple plans to use for their future children’s rooms.

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A semi-enclosed rooftop terrace sits at the back of the top floor, letting the residents enjoy the lovely views while maintaining their privacy.