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Double House / Tonoma

  • 01:00 - 4 February, 2010
Double House / Tonoma
Double House / Tonoma, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +20

  • Location

    Hyougo, Japan
  • Architects

    Architect Associates Tonoma
  • Area

    155.74 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Double House is customized by small site environment.

I decided placement and a form by observing site environment well. Here, I try how the anonymous and small environment maintain sustainability.

By investigation before the start of construction, I understood that comfortable wind flow through the west from a rice field of an east side, lighting reached only southeast and the north side because a building was built in the south, and the same building was built in neighboring living environment.

Therefore I placed a short and big house in the south side ,and a high and small house, and arranged a linear green garden between two preceding houses, and I tried to maintain conventional environment. In addition, I add an angle and operate a form of a roof to take in much lighting.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

As a result, a high house of the north side takes and reflects light,and plays a role to drop light in a green garden. I can get lighting from this green garden in each room,and comfortable wind goes through it in this green garden. Additionally, it becomes an element of peace of mind that there are it being surrounded by a lawn and a tree and a flower planted in an impressive place of a green garden near life.

At the same time, Double house which was customized while catching small environment become a symbolic house in accord with this rural scenery and lets potential poetic scenery rise in the whole this place.

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Architecture Topic · April 06, 2010

Architecture #Architecture: Double House / Tonoma...

setayesh · February 24, 2010

it`s too simple , primary .
,i don`t no maybe not good is enough for saying everything . however i don`t like

Robert Tobin · February 12, 2010

RT @martintokyo: Nice double house

Martin · February 12, 2010
Nicholas Patten · February 06, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: Double House.

Robert · February 06, 2010

What happens in the "Bash Room"?

munter roe · May 10, 2011 04:59 PM

I thought architects had a good imagination?

Filipe de Faria · February 05, 2010

brinca com essa casa "cult" no japão

cedric · February 05, 2010

ces maisons japonaises sont toujours incroyable : mais je me demande toujours comment ils font sans isolation.

joe Klein · February 05, 2010

i love the focus on reflective light.

yiyihsiang · February 05, 2010
toei · February 05, 2010

RT @archdaily: Double House / Tonoma

SB · February 05, 2010


Home Decor News · February 04, 2010

Double House / Tonoma

EarthAdapt · February 04, 2010

#Green #Construction Double House / Tonoma ; )

Marco · February 04, 2010


A small house cleverly integrated with the surroundings and with rich interior spaces.
Unpretentious modernist and avant-garde and a result very mature.

... · February 08, 2010 02:14 AM

I find there are actually quite a few problems with this house.

- a family house where you can see people bathing from the living room will lead to closing the shutters - I believe - which makes the window redundant - the idea of the architect dead. I would say mature architects as maybe SANAA wouldn't do sth. like that.
- having to open those two doors the whole time 3 feet apart would become annoying in my opinion.
- of course the garden and the "openness" typical of small japanese architecture but to me it looks like a house with mistakes of the unexperienced ?


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