Fukuoka Momochi

Part of a larger, experimental housing project, the building has eighteen apartments distributed over six stories, with retail spaces located on the ground floor, as specified by the program.  The structure is responsive to the shifting angles of the sun so crucial to housing developments in Japan. The lobby provides the only access to a square, central garden, the perimeters of which are bounded by the building while remaining open to the sky.  The apartments on each floor are reached by circumnavigating this central space.