House in Utsunomiya / Soeda and Architects

© Takumi Ota

Architects: Soeda And Architects – Takayuki Soeda
Location: ,
Structural engineer: Masaki Yoshida/YSE
Constructor: Seijo Kensetsu
Project area: 164 sqm
Project year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota

I believe that an ideal house has a space which generates a various behavior and good effection for itself. It would be better if the place is spacious enough to be served as multipurpose while avoiding being vacuous.

House in Utsunomiya is for parents and their son. They desired a commodious “doma” (dirt floor) and a flow line to their parents’s house neighbored on the south.

© Takumi Ota

The site faces the street northerly and is surrounded by four houses in other sides. Light was able to come through from the south side through small void between the other homes.

We arranged the doma at the center of the site and made it pass through the house. The three-storied doma with three large windows brings in natural light into the next four rooms; living room; dining room; masterbed room; and guest room.

© Takumi Ota

On the other hand, the doom is the penetrating void connected to the void of the south outside. So the floor of the doma is troweled with the charcoal mixed concrete as well as of outside, and the wall lightness level is brought closer to external wall.


Some rooms are connected with the doma , and once the Japanese shoji(sliding paper screens) is opened, all rooms become one. The two stairs in the doma are made of light steel rods and laminated timbers, which prevent the relations between some rooms from disconnected.

Cite: "House in Utsunomiya / Soeda and Architects" 29 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • Patsy

    This house is extremely beautiful, well done to the architects!

    Maybe in future, ArchDaily could grammar & spell check submissions?

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  • Shoko

    Very nice!
    I like doma in particular.
    I will refer to this design when I have a house in the future.