Lift House, Japan
Looking like a cross between a submarine periscope and an evil villains hideout, the Lift House by Apollo Architects is a sight to behold for sure.
Located in Sendai Japan, the house features an imposing black facade and a large overhang to the front of the property, comprising of a large glazed area. The cantilevered space is a terrace, accessed via the first floor living space, which hangs over a car parking space on the ground floor area.
The building is constructed with a wooden frame, allowing the structure to be significantly lighter than a more traditionally constructed home of similar size. The central courtyard through the home allows the enclosed areas within the house to be naturally lit, creating dynamic spaces, both on the living and sleeping floors.
The house is certainly eye-catching, and one could be forgiven for muttering the words ‘only in Japan’ – but then I couldn’t see this kind of radical design ever getting the go ahead here in the UK. Black facade house? Not likely. Still, this is a brilliant building, and a good response to a site of limited size.