Located in the Kanto region of Japan, the Ortho House is a modern family home in the suburbs. The monolithic structure is comprised of two board-formed concrete volumes. Its interior is accessed through a subterranean garage where an elevator leads to the main level. Featuring floor-to-ceiling glazing, the interior is both visually and physically linked to a courtyard and a garden terrace. Each room expands to these external areas allowing inhabitants to enjoy the outdoors and still maintain privacy. While the interior mimics the facade with exposed concrete and muted tones, a coffered ceiling with wood inserts adds a subtle warmth to the living spaces.
Photos: Kimirou Nishikawa / Apollo Architects & Associates