H-House / TOFU architects

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hitects: TOFU architects 
Location: Hikone, , Japan
Project Architect: Fumiya Ogawa+Tomonobu Higashino
Project Area: 178.76 sqm
Completion: 2011
Photographs: Yohei Sasakura 

   

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This building which has grand stairs is composed of duplex house and a cafe. The site is facing the shopping street leading to the Hikone castle from Hikone station in Shiga.

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The owner wanted a cafe space on the first floor, so the approach was needed to the third floor.

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Considering the daily uses, the grand stairs were surrounded gradually around the building.

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We adjusted the level of the grand stair to the existing level of the arcade. As a result, creating a facade that was incorporated arcade looks interesting.

The stairs are not only for vertical movement, it can be used as a continuous private outdoor space with different heights.

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For example, it can be a children’s playground, garden, drying place and so on.
The owner manages a Chinese-style cafe on the first floor.

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We placed Toilets and Cooking space under the stairs,therefore seats area could place square and also tables can be laid efficiently.

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The garden is located on the back of the store,so there could have a comfortable space through their eyes.

The interior uses the wood which has good affinity with a concrete, giving the impression of comfort.

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The second floor has the room of a parent households, and the third floor is the room of the child household.
The interior of the house has given the warmth of wood using a plywood OSB.

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We used the polished OSB plywood,so the plywood became smooth and the wood became abstraction like using wood chips.

Cite: "H-House / TOFU architects" 30 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=195182>

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