Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Location: Osaka, Japan
Structural System: Reinforced concrete
Site Area: 288.06 sqm
Building Area: 144.87 sqm
Total Floor Space: 144.87 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
In the old town, being surrounded by Japanese style houses, this one storey house, made of reinforced concrete displays a strong horizontality, with a clear composition of a long low lying horizontal roof, with vertical supporting walls.
The interior is composed of 2 types of spaces: the small closed rooms line the North side, while the main spaces are placed to the South, opening to the long courtyard. A semitransparent wall of glass separates the courtyard from the street; bringing in light while masking views in from passers by. A homogeneous, floor surface is carried throughout the house, giving a feeling of continuation and uniting the spaces both inside and out.
Carefully designed details, such as a custom made glass TV wall, an outdoor counter to prepare fishes, walk in closet and bespoke kitchen, provide a simple yet convenient residential space.