TEPE sits on the top of a low hill in a verdant suburban neighborhood. TEPE characterizes itself as a location-house with its façade mouth wide open. TEPE was named after Turkish term of “hill” .

The owners are the master as an IT company agent and his homemaker wife. This project initiated with the plot next to where their parents live.

Arranging the car park and approach stairs in the part of the plot facing a planned road make it accessible to the main entrance on the hill.

The view from the 1st floor is spectacular with the marvelous background of well maintained garden next door.

We took advantage of the narrow, sloping site as much as possible, transforming the problem of height gain into a defining highlight of the design. Low steps leading from dining to living room and opening onto a deck that overlooks an expansive panorama of the city give the home’s central living space a highly theatrical atmosphere. Viewed from outside, the black structure protrudes dramatically over its concrete base, making it a standout home in the neighborhood.


[COLLECTION asian architecture] (Swiss)

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[Gendainihon no Kenhikuka 2009]

[Saikonowakate Kenchikuka 20nin]

[Neon Magazine] (France)

[competitionline] (Germany)

[The best residence back on the street]

[the house]


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[Watanabe Atsushi no Tatemono no Tanbo]The Japan Institute of Architects, 200 prominent architectures selection

DAIKIN air style contest 2009, Grand AwardNAGRADE HISE AWARDS 2009 (Slovenia)


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  • Location Higashikurume city Tokyo
    Completion 2008. 12
    Lot area 215.06㎡
    Site area 81.78㎡
    1F floor area 70.72㎡
    2F floor area 39.17㎡
    Total floor area 109.89㎡
    Structure Steel
    Scale 2F
    Typology Private housing
    Family structure A couple (30s) +a child
    Structure engineers Masaki Structural Laboratory
    Kenta Masaki
    Facility engineers Shimada Architects
    Zenei Shimada
    Construction TTC Construction
    Planning the house
    Photographer Masao Nishikawa
  • 所在地 東京都東久留米市
    竣工 2008年12月
    敷地面積 215.06㎡(65.05坪)
    建築面積 81.78㎡(24.73坪)
    1F床面積 70.72㎡(21.39坪)
    2F床面積 39.17㎡(11.84坪)
    延床面積 109.89㎡(33.24坪)
    構造 重量鉄骨造
    規模 地上2階建
    用途 専用住宅
    家族構成 夫婦(30代)+子供1人
    構造設計 正木構造研究所
    設備設計 シマダ設計
    施工 TTC建設
    企画 the house
    建築写真 西川公朗