Tokyo home Le49Ⅱ brings together drama, domestic luxury and hybrid working habits

Le49Ⅱ by Japanese architects Apollo is a Tokyo home for a young family with hybrid working habits

Le49Ⅱ by APOLLO hero exterior of tokyo home at dusk with pitched roof
(Image credit: Masao Nishikawa)

This Tokyo home for a young family occupies a privileged corner plot within a serene residential neighbourhood in the heart of Tokyo. Its architects, locally based Japanese architecture studio Apollo, founded by Satoshi Kurosaki, aimed for the design – titled Le49Ⅱ – to provide both a luxurious dwelling and a generous and functional home working base for its owners. 

Le49Ⅱ by APOLLO hero interior with pitched roof and window looking out

(Image credit: Masao Nishikawa)

Le49Ⅱ by Apollo: a contemporary Tokyo home

The project offers little clue of its multitasking goings on from the street, hidden behind its minimalist architecture and geometric façade made of charcoal grey Galvalume steel walls, grey natural-granite retaining walls, and resin wood louvres. A large opening on the top floor, alongside its terrace, offers a hint of the life inside the home's walls. 

Le49Ⅱ by APOLLO generous interior with woman sitting in living space

(Image credit: Masao Nishikawa)

The workspaces are tucked away on the lower ground floor. The ground level contains the entrance, as well as the bedrooms and bathrooms. Meanwhile, the upper floor's piano nobile is reserved for the home's expansive living spaces, dramatically placed under an exposed pitched roof and tall ceilings (although the kitchen and dining area feature a lower internal height to create a cosier feeling and a welcome sense of compression). 

Le49Ⅱ by APOLLO interior of kitchen

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'Le49 II provides an ideal space for allowing each family member to express their individuality while fostering a sense of family unity. The home gives true expression to the concept of compact luxury,' the architects write. 

Apollo's award-winning portfolio includes a wealth of residences, such as Timeless, also in Tokyo, as well as Grigio, which was nominated for the Wallpaper* Design Award's Best Private House in 2015. 

Le49Ⅱ by APOLLO interior with pitched timber roof exposed

(Image credit: Masao Nishikawa)

Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).