Eureka and MARU architecture completed the Around the Corner Grain 7-unit apartment on a corner of a suburban residential district in Saitama, Japan. Wrapped in a steel structure, the project meshes private areas with public spaces open to neighbours.
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“The Around the Corner Grain project aims to create a welcoming landscape of residential units, each facing the street with a different configuration.” Say at Eureka to Archipanic.
A steel structure enables larger volumes on the upper floors to stretch out, leaving a piloti continuous from the street. Creation of public space for the residential district is sought by fully expanding the advantage of the two-sided site. Steel I-beams support upper floors that cantilever above the outdoor area.
The Around the Corner Grain building is open on the ground floor. On street level a public space featuring a tables and shelves invite passersby and people in the neighborhood to engage with the residents of the complex. A hammock and a swing suspended from the exposed structure introduces a fun element to this communal space.
As the ground floor has a public imprint, the private apartments are located in the upper, almost suspended, floors. The then taller architecture was designed according to the ratio of the viewable sky from the road required by the strict height regulation.
Wind circulation through the floors was also a key element of the project. Walls flanking the stairs and some of the balconies project out from the facade to help channel breezes into the residences, and emphasise the connection between interior and exterior spaces.
Inside, each apartment comes with a wooden floor and white walls. Balconies, stairs and communal spaces are painted in red in contrast with the raw metal cladding applied across the rest of the exterior.
All photos by Ookura Hideki – courtesy of Eureka.