Naha City Gallery and Apartment House

Okinawa, Japan

2003

The Naha City Gallery and Apartment House includes a gallery, retail space, three full-floor apartments, and a subterranean parking garage. North and south facades sheathe the gallery, retail, and living areas with transparent glass and the bedrooms and bathrooms in opaque glass; the two faces take advantage of the temperate climate of Okinawa, allowing plenty of natural light into the interior. The east and west walls, as well as the floors, are cast concrete – a durable and affordable material that is characteristic of the locale. The solid concrete facades are broken up by small deep windows that look into the stairwell on the east side and the apartment kitchens on the west, creating dramatic lighting effects.

©Shinito Sato

Naha City Gallery and Apartment House

Okinawa, Japan

2003

Concrete construction in Okinawa has become particularly refined because the area is subject to both earthquakes and typhoons – a determining factor in the design and material choice of this building.

©Shinito Sato

All interior walls and floors are structural. The volume of the building is constructed of reinforced concrete blocks. The exterior face of the concrete is kept raw and unfinished, while interior surfaces are finished with glazes of varying degrees of sheen and tactility.

©Shinito Sato

On the interior, wood flooring, plaster walls, and built-in wood cabinetry accent the exposed concrete.

©Shinito Sato
©Shinito Sato
©Shinito Sato

The layout of the apartments is a hybrid of the Western open loft style and the Japanese room-oriented approach.

©Shinito Sato

Publications

Yee, Roger. “House of Sun and Shadows.” Oculus, Winter 2003/04.

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©Shinito Sato

Naha City Gallery and Apartment House

Okinawa, Japan

2003

©Shinito Sato

The Naha City Gallery and Apartment House includes a gallery, retail space, three full-floor apartments, and a subterranean parking garage. North and south facades sheathe the gallery, retail, and living areas with transparent glass and the bedrooms and bathrooms in opaque glass; the two faces take advantage of the temperate climate of Okinawa, allowing plenty of natural light into the interior. The east and west walls, as well as the floors, are cast concrete – a durable and affordable material that is characteristic of the locale. The solid concrete facades are broken up by small deep windows that look into the stairwell on the east side and the apartment kitchens on the west, creating dramatic lighting effects.

©Shinito Sato

Concrete construction in Okinawa has become particularly refined because the area is subject to both earthquakes and typhoons – a determining factor in the design and material choice of this building.

©Shinito Sato

All interior walls and floors are structural. The volume of the building is constructed of reinforced concrete blocks. The exterior face of the concrete is kept raw and unfinished, while interior surfaces are finished with glazes of varying degrees of sheen and tactility.

©Shinito Sato

On the interior, wood flooring, plaster walls, and built-in wood cabinetry accent the exposed concrete.

©Shinito Sato
©Shinito Sato
©Shinito Sato

The layout of the apartments is a hybrid of the Western open loft style and the Japanese room-oriented approach.

©Shinito Sato

Publications

Yee, Roger. “House of Sun and Shadows.” Oculus, Winter 2003/04.

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