House in Mukouyama / TSC Architects


TSC Architects have completed a 1,180 square ft single family residence in Ichinomiya City, .  The two story home is constructed primarily from reinforced concrete. The materiality gives a strong character to the residential design as the concrete creates a harsh and bold exterior.  The architects do not attempt to soften that effect as the concrete stays exposed throughout the interiors.  Slices of light illuminate the hard wood floors bringing a touch of warmth to the structure.

More images after the break. 







As seen on What we do is secret.

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "House in Mukouyama / TSC Architects" 17 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Sep 2014. <>


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    Wish to see more, Probably the living and sleeping areas, some plans too. Different from the ando style, still good but not as good as Ando.

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    I really enjoy the continuity of materiality within this project, just as it is described the wood brings ‘a touch of warmth’ which just works. Very nice design, but not particularly homely.

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    would be nice to see plans or sections, it would be easier to understand it then. but first picture (i think main facade) looks impressive.

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    Near iconic/designed in every detail! This project is one of the best poured-concrete projects (let alone homes) I’ve ever seen. The front is stately, the back adds depth/interest, and the interior (as far as possible w/ concrete walls) has warmth and better light than the outer envelope might suggest. I just wish (like many, I’m guessing) that there were a few more windows punched through (w/o hindering the judiciousness of placement, but allowing for a brighter, less electricity dependent, interior).

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    Beautiful facade. It seems the volume behind the facade could have been another “weaker” material, such as wood, and let the concrete stand as a wall.
    On an architecture site such as this, we’ve got to have plans!

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    pure darkness… they needed to turn the lights on during day time in order to take the pictures… nice pure facade but there´s no space without light…

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    A bigger-than-usual fallout shelter – approaching monumental.

    Kitchen lights on in daytime – not!

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