Late last year, Tokyo-based architect Kazuyasu Kochi completed a renovation project of an old apartment building. Located in Chiba, a suburb of Tokyo, “Apartment House” is a renovation of multi-family apartment into a single-family home by slicing out a portion of the center to reveal a void that connects the entire home. Each cross-section was then color-coded to delineate it.
The void creates a central space in the home for family members to gather. A similar technique was employed in the architect’s previous work in 2013 when he created a hexagonal void in the middle of a home. In the truest sense, it’s a case where subtractive architecture creates a more endearing space.