Nest – A Family Home by Apollo Architects Set on a Narrow Lot in Nagoya

This project by APOLLO Architects, titled Nest, is a contemporary home for a young family in Japan. The home was completed in 2015 and is set on a narrow site within a commercial district in Nagoya.


Nest - APOLLO Architects - Japan - Exterior - Humble Homes

The projects name is based on the exterior finish: “[The] brown-colored louver and exterior wall with gray-colored spray paint makes it look like a bird’s nest”. The building footprint encompasses 355 square feet (33 square meters), and has a total floor area of 980 square feet (91 square meters) spread over its three floors.


Nest - APOLLO Architects - Japan - Kitchen - Humble Homes

Unlike a lot of modern Japanese homes, Nest features large front facing windows. The windows would expose the interior living spaces to passers-bys if not for the extensive louvres that allow them to adjust the levels of light and privacy. The side walls of the building also extend beyond the front face, improving privacy .


Nest - APOLLO Architects - Japan - Staircase - Humble Homes

Given the size of the site, a car parking space has been incorporated into the first floor. The main entrance can found to the back and leads directly into the home’s stairwell, followed by the master bedroom. The second floor contains the children’s bedroom, study and washroom/bathroom.

Nest - APOLLO Architects - Japan - Bedroom - Humble Homes

The main living area is found on the third floor. It features a recessed balcony to the front, followed by the living room, dining area and kitchen. The stairwell helps to split the otherwise open plan room into two separate spaces.

Nest - APOLLO Architects - Japan - Floor Plan - Humble Homes

From the architect: “The top light above the double-height living space provides ample daylight, creating an open atmosphere with the view to the sky. Louver of the balcony allows visibility from inside, while the sight from the outside is blocked to control the privacy level. This is the prototype of an urban residence, realizing the originality of the client by making the best use of the site conditions.”

For more Japanese houses check out this curvaceous house from Tokyo for an elderly couple. Or, this family home that features a sheltered exterior garden. See all Japanese houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: Masao Nishikawa

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. “[The] brown-colored louver and exterior wall with gray-colored spray paint makes it look like a bird’s nest”.

    Not to me it doesn’t. Makes it look like an enormous Venetian blind.

  2. Dear Naill Burke, it is very inspirational to see the Concepts of Humble Homes and its Conceptual Design that regarded that Other half of the Globe can afford to have a roof on their the Homes all the Budgets. By profession I am architect but it is time Energy saving(All Recycle Homes) can be built how tiny they are with available Infrastructure/raw Materials. Though with 30+ years exposure to US living, there are millions around South Asia does not roof overhead, though they can source to meet certain budget.
    Chitranjan Roy .