A $100,000, 400 sq. ft. house.
A $100,000, 400 sq. ft. house.
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NN House, a minimalist home located in a commercial area of Tokyo, Japan, gains privacy through a triangular courtyard and an L-shaped roof terrace tucked behind its walls.
The two-storey family residence is hemmed in amongst a jumble of properties that include a five-storey apartment block to the north and a two-storey residence to the south, so privacy was one of the most important aspects of the design.
The client asked PANDA for a series of secluded outdoor spaces. “Standing on the empty lot and carefully observing ‘open’ spots around it, we began to naturally envision the best locations for the courtyard and roof terrace,” explains architect Kozo Yamamoto.
The courtyard is slotted into a triangular space at the back of the house, while the terrace is located a storey above and both are screened behind the exterior walls.
Most windows face out to the terrace and courtyard, while others are arranged in narrow strips along the tops of the walls. “We made sure that openings are placed at an appropriate height and location so that they can open up the house towards outside while keeping privacy,” says Yamamoto.
Two bedrooms and a traditional Japanese room are on the ground floor of the house, while a combined kitchen, living room and dining room occupy the entire first floor. One staircase connects the floors inside the building, while another ascends between the courtyard and the terrace.
A mezzanine loft sits directly above the kitchen beneath the highest section of the roof and opens out to a balcony overlooking the street.
The architect used a monochrome colour palette for the walls of the house, with black on the outer surfaces and white for the interiors. This rule is broken in a handful of spaces to emphasise protruding volumes and edges.
NN-House project description from Kozo Yamamoto:
This single-family house is located on a site in a commercial area near a main road in Tokyo.
The site is sandwiched between old two-storey house and five-storey apartment building. Our client requested us to design an ‘open’ house in this densely populated environment.
In order to avoid unnecessary exposure to public view, we interpret this site condition as a sort of ‘natural’ condition specific to the site. Standing on the empty lot and carefully observing ‘open’ spots around it, we began to naturally envision the best locations for the courtyard and roof terrace, which are two important elements requested by the client. Bedrooms are located on the first floor, living/dining/kitchen space on the second floor and loft space above kitchen.
Locations of all openings are carefully worked out in section, so that they can open up towards the ‘open’ spots. Heights and locations of walls around courtyard and roof terrace are designed according to various specific factors of the site. In view of exterior factor we considered location of windows of surrounding buildings, location of the roof, and height from the ground. And in view of interior factors we considered view from inside, natural light, roof, ceiling inclination.
We made sure that openings are placed at an appropriate height and location so that they can open up the house towards outside while keeping privacy. Space and form of the house are decided in accordance with the client’s requests and the surrounding ‘nature’, without any arbitrary reasons.
Walls are coloured in black and white; basically exterior walls are painted black and interior walls white. And in some areas white interior walls extend outwards and meet black exterior walls, and in some areas white interior volumes are made visible from outside.
Architect: PANDA /Kozo Yamamoto
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Structural Engineer: a・s・t atelier
Contractor: B・L home
Total Floor Area: 99.44 sqm
Building Area: 61.59sqm
Photography is by Koichi Torimura.
description from here: http://www.dezeen.com/2013/04/16/nn-house-by-kozo-yamamoto/
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Sundial House by Hironaka Ogawa
Japanese architect Hironaka Ogawa designed this rural house in Kagawa like a sundial, with a south-facing tower that casts shadows across a grassy courtyard.
The building is the home of a farmer, so Hironaka Ogawa wanted to create a structure that reflects the seasonal calendar: “My goal was to build a home where the client can feel the seasons change from winter, spring, summer and fall”.
He continues: “To accomplish this, I proposed this courtyard house with a two-storey unit in the middle of the site. As a result, the shadow of the tower moves slowly throughout the day.”
The six-metre high tower with windows on three sides contains two bedroom floors and an attic.
The rest of the rooms are contained in a single-storey volume that outlines the perimeter of the courtyard on three sides, creating a sequence of spaces with glazed elevations. Most of the glass panels slide open, so that rooms including the living room and dining room can easily be opened out to the garden.
A wall of timber separates the courtyard from the surrounding field. Externally, this wall is stained in dark red, while the internal surfaces are white.
Function: private house
Location: Kagawa, Japan
Structure: wood frame
Site area: 727.69 sqm
Architectural area: 132.21 sqm
Total floor area: 147.51 sqm
Yatsugatake Villa / MDS
The villa is a small vegetable farm located at the foot of Mt. Yatsugatake. The house invites the surrounding natural environment inside.
Mt. Yatsugatake is located in the middle of the Japanese archipelago. The middle part of the mountain’s side is known as one of Tokyo’s summer getaways. Lower down in elevation, vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers are grown. The site for this villa is located between these two areas.
Located in this environment, it was necessary for the house to stay naturally cool in summer and warm in winter. To overcome the cold period in winter, the building is arranged in a fan-shape, open toward the south, so that the amount of sun light entering the building is maximized, and the residents can enjoy the warmth of the sun at any time of the day. In summer, on the other hand, the extended, gate-shaped, roof and walls block the bright sun and shade the interior. The windows placed on the south and north invite the breeze to cool down the inside.
Thanks to the spatial arrangement of the plan, which was derived from the thermal needs of the house, the scenery can be glimpsed through the openings connecting the rooms.
Location: Hokuto-City, Japan
Architect In Charge: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura
Area: 110.01 sqm
Photographs: © Toshiyuki Yano
Narrow House in Kobe, Japan
Fujiwaramuro Architects have completed the Narrow House, a project located in the downtown residential area of Kobe, Japan. The total area of the site of 36.95 square meters meant a good challenge for the architects, which ingeniously built living space vertically.
“The slatted, drainboard-like floors on the first through third floors are connected to the slatted tables, stairwell and skylights, allowing sunlight to reach right to the bottom of the house. Three-dimensional gaps and holes in the visual field eliminate any sense of a two-dimensional spatial narrowness, or sensation of being fenced in“.
‘small house’ by form / kouichi kimura architects, aichi, japan
kouichi kimura architects recently finished the ‘small house’ for a couple in their 50’s. the small plot size required a carefully thought-out spatial organization to create the feeling of interior openness. a central living room with a tall ceiling is surrounded by the support rooms - kitchen, dining area and bedroom. built-in dark polished concrete fixtures, such as the couch and kitchen shelves, add layers to the use of the main space without cluttering it, and leave a clear sight line. the natural wood planks add warmth to the light from the central skylight.
project info: architects: form/kouichi kimura architects
location: aichi, japan
construction year: 2013
site area:, 142,22 m2
constructed area: 80,60 m2
photographs: © kei nakajima
house in keyaki’ by SNARK + OUVI, saitama, japan
the small town of honiyo-shi is about an hour and a half by car from downtown tokyo. set within a narrow corner site, the ‘house in keyaki’ shows three vertical strip windows located on the east, west, and south facades. these give natural illumination to the interior at all times of day. the gaps in the floor also create a stronger visual connection between both stories creating a unified inner space, with a rooftop deck gives a private exterior setting.
images © ippei shinzawa
team: architects: sunao koase / snark (team: sunao koase, yu yamada) + shin yokoo / ouvi
structural engineer: shin yokoo / ouvi
general constructors: yasumatsu takken]
photo: ippei shinzawalocation: honjyo city, saitama, japan
site area: 132.24 square metres
built area: 55.54 square metres
floor area: 103.13 square metres
number of floors: 2
structure: wooddesign: 2011.4-2012.3
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the cube gives a enormous freedom to the organization of spaces and their relationship to one another.
the large central staircase, stretching from the entrance up through the primary living area, provide a diagonal cut through the entire home that acts as a wind-tunnel when the windows are open, and connects to several levels before ending at the dining table where an extension becomes seating for the children. it is the connection between the social spaces
the living room is located in the middle level maintaining a close relation to the rest of the dwelling, with a linear half-level containing a long work desk overlooking the open central space and feeds into the kids room where a ladder takes them to an even higher loft.
a skylight resides in a large central void in the roof that expands the dimensions of the house vertically as well, emphasizing, with the stairs. the idea of a three-dimensional circulation.
the master bedroom and private areas in turn are located on the ground floor in the spaces under the stairs, along with the main bathroom and study that connects back to the mid-level through a smaller staircase.
images © yano toshiyuki
House in Sanbonmatsu by Hironaka Ogawa
Chunks missing from the sloping roof of this house in Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku by Japanese architect Hironaka Ogawa reveal an open-air courtyard at the centre.
“The idea of cutting out a volume from the hipped roof is quite simple,” says Hironaka Ogawa, but he explains that it “gives various volume impressions in different angles and a less oppressive feeling to the neighbours”.
Most rooms are arranged around the perimeter of the courtyard, including a double-height kitchen and living room with a sloping ceiling that follows the angle of the roof. Only two bedrooms are located upstairs and are accessed via a mezzanine corridor.
Square windows are dotted across the walls throughout the house, creating apertures between rooms and out to the courtyard.
Terraces and gardens wrap the exterior of the building, while a tiny courtyard is encased in glass beside the entrance and a wooden deck stretches across one side of the roof.
Photography by Daici Ano.
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