SLIDE is a minimalist residence located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by APOLLO Architects & Associates. The home, situated in a quiet residential area of eastern Tokyo, is for a couple and their children. The building is characterized by a dark grey galvanized cladded facade that gently blends in with the surrounding environment.
Due to the lot being across the street from an elementary school, the clients wanted to ensure the home would have adequate privacy. As a result, the architects placed the bedrooms and private spaces on the ground floor, while the family room is contained on the second level. The upper level features a sloped ceiling finished in walnut planks aligned lengthwise to give the space a greater feeling of depth.
In order to maximize the narrow frontage, the upper level window extends outward with a series of covered wooden louvers that shield the interior from view of passersby and the school, while still allowing in light, breezes, and views. A steel staircase provides access to the roof while also serving as a sculptural element, accenting the high ceilings.
Photography by Masao Nishikawa.