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House in Keyaki / SNARK + OUVI

© Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa
  • Architects: SNARK + OUVI
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan.
  • Architect in Charge: Sunao Koase, Yu Yamada, Shin Yokoo
  • Structural Engineer: Shin Yokoo
  • General Constructors: Yasumatsu Takken
  • Area: 10313.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Ippei Shinzawa

© Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa © Ippei Shinzawa

From the architect. Honjyo-shi is a small area located in Saitama Prefecture. It is an hour and a half by car from Tokyo, Japan.

© Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa

Almost all residents here always use their own cars when they go somewhere because there is no available public transportation like trains and buses.

© Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa

This means that we need to consider providing parking spaces when building new houses within this area.

© Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa

First, when we thought the outline of this house, we allotted the proper setbacks within the site. From this, we came up with a car parking space and a small garden.

© Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa

At the same time, we could get enough sunlight from every directions. Second, we designed 3 narrow windows on the south, east and west side of the house.

© Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa

Then we designed triangle voids in front of these windows on the second floor. These voids provided visual connections to the outside and inside of the house. And people inside this house can anticipate the presence of each other within different spaces or rooms.You could feel how the sunlight changes anytime as well as the changes in season.

© Ippei Shinzawa
© Ippei Shinzawa

Finally, we set some furniture on the border of the triangle voids and each places.

The inner space of this architecture is divided into smaller spaces and it can be adjusted depending on the resident's preference.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan
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