Live in an Optical Illusion Apartment-House
Tokyo-based Kazuyasu Kochi converts eight studio apartments into a cubist home
Never judge a book by its cover. Cliche, yes, but that statement is especially pertinent when it comes to this brilliant piece of architecture by Kazuyasu Kochi. Apartment House, as it’s called, is a renovated multi-apartment building in Chiba, a suburb of Tokyo, whose eight individual units have been converted into a single-family house.
Elaborating on the concept of opening up an interior space by creating a void, which Kochi explored in his Kame House, Apartment House plays with elements of color and asymmetry in a visually arresting way. The resulting motley—designed from scratch in the gutted building’s interior—creates the impressive open-air plan you can see in these pictures, with plenty of blank space throughout.