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Pasadena Heights

Mishima, Japan
1 of 5Misfits architecture

Mishima is the sister city to Pasadena, hence the name of this area, Pasadena Heights. The area has been developed as an district of vacation houses in a heavily wooded region an hour or so by train from Tokyo. Kikutake's project present 150 terraced dwellings which roughly follow the contours of the hillside. Terrace levels are connected by public stairs. At each terrace here is a wide pedestrian walkway from which entrance is made to each dwelling through a walled courtyard. The courtyard connects to a breezeway passing beneath the terrace above. The kitchen and bath have windows to the terrace side of the dwelling with kitchen, dining and living opening via large sliding glass doors to the breezeway area. A light well from the terrace above lets light into this area as well as lighting the bath room of the adjacent dwelling above Two bedrooms are placed at the rear of the apartment. One of these gets light from the breezeway area but one looks to space beneath the building on the side away from the terrace. At the upper terraces, parking is placed in this rear space where there is auto access from above. Stairs connect from the parking area up into the breezeways.