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Wood Block House / Tadashi Yoshimura Architects

  • Architects: Tadashi Yoshimura Architects
  • Location: Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
  • Architects: Tadashi Yoshimura Architects
  • Area: 148.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Hitoshi Kawamoto

© Hitoshi Kawamoto © Hitoshi Kawamoto © Hitoshi Kawamoto © Hitoshi Kawamoto

From the architect. The house is designed for an elderly married couple, and their grand children that occasionally stay with them.

© Hitoshi Kawamoto
© Hitoshi Kawamoto

The site is located in a housing district, developed 30 years ago, that kept the natural land form.

Plan
Plan

Around the site, we can see beautiful retaining wall made of granite. 

© Hitoshi Kawamoto
© Hitoshi Kawamoto

An effort has been made to extend the exterior topography to the interior of the building.

© Hitoshi Kawamoto
© Hitoshi Kawamoto

If day light diminishes, the shape of the structural shear wall, that creates a relationship to the site’s stone wall, is projected onto the glass facade.

Section
Section

Similar to retaining stone walls, this wall creates a great play area for kids where they can climb, pass under the hole, or sit and see the distant scenery. 

Diagram
Diagram

This structural shear wall consists of ship-shaped wooden blocks. 

© Hitoshi Kawamoto
© Hitoshi Kawamoto

These blocks can be easily stacked without the help of skilled workers, and can be disassembled and assembled in different location if necessary.

© Hitoshi Kawamoto
© Hitoshi Kawamoto
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