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House in Koamicho / Suppose Design Office

  • 01:00 - 17 February, 2010
House in Koamicho / Suppose Design Office
House in Koamicho / Suppose Design Office

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From the architect. When we normally feel "interior" or "exterior", what are the causes?

And what are the causes of feeling "open" or "narrow"?

This is house designed with much thought to how, from those root causes, we define the conditions of a space. In a long, narrow space, we constructed walls, and by laying out a space in which we experience many rooms, we turn "narrowness" into "openness. "Further, taking rooms and gardens as equivalent, we created spaces that are like the exteriors, calling them "garden rooms".

By moving from room to another room, we can alternately experience interior and exterior, and they become the place where every rooms are connected to the exterior. Here we have succeeded in realizing a space, which pass traditional definitions to materialized a new relationship between - interior and exterior.

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sanghyunkim · May 11, 2012

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Robert e cooper · May 10, 2012

Reminds me of James Turrell's light play. Also the book "In Praise of Shadows". After all, the traditional Japanese house is NOT flooded with light.

Centor4 · December 20, 2011

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Giovanni · August 05, 2011

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Nathalie Zegarra · October 21, 2010

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Rafael · October 21, 2010

I love the architecture, but only for working purposes, i could not imagine to sleep in it...too dark

Rafael · October 21, 2010

I love it, but only for work. I could not imagine to sleep in it. On my trip through Japan i saw a lot of these wonderful little design houses.

Elena Roma · October 21, 2010

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bluevertical · October 21, 2010

House in Koamicho by Suppose Design Office #architecture #interiordesign #minimalism #japan *love it!

MaryARGENTINA · June 29, 2010

Sorry, I don`t like this facade.
But the concept is correct.

Gabriel Martins · March 09, 2010

Casas japonesas legais de um jeito estranho: <- coolest

Marianne Brum · February 25, 2010

A todos os arquitetos, o que vocês acharam? Conceitual demais? Habitável?

arnold · February 24, 2010

very concptual and very cold house (and dark). I like it, but this house looks a bit like bunker/hopper.

Nicholas Patten · February 19, 2010

I&#39d Live Here: House in Koamicho.

rdeamer · February 19, 2010

Parents wouldnt wanna be too loud in the bedroom I bet those caves echo!

maxfase · February 19, 2010

I would never live there. this is so sad, so cold, so meaningless. some architects want it "brutal": they should learn from Le Corbu's convent of la tourette, where the nude concrete is used in order to "compose" spaces, and let the colours and the light being the main actors!

rob.i · February 19, 2010 02:38 PM

have you ever been to la tourette?
i don't know, i think your comparison is improper since that is a monastery. after this, i think la tourette is one of the sadest building i've ever seen. the only thing that saves it is the wonderful countryside that surrounds it.

Adrem · February 19, 2010

Very inspiring plan (i agree with Subair: long live SDO!), but the final result is in some way disappointing: not their best work so far.

g · February 19, 2010

I really like the concept and execution


Most of the firm's projects makes use of concrete in a way that
makes the houses feel and look like a tomb. Seriously, please start making houses for the living. In this way, it is rather immature...and it's not even cool and original anymore.

Evan Haveman · February 19, 2010

japan has the best houses

Jostein · February 19, 2010

In my opinion this would be more useful as an office. The lack of privacy wouldn't hurt so much that way.

doug · February 18, 2010

I look at it and I just want to move on.

Jubair Siddeeque · February 18, 2010

This is what i can say. they have put it to the next level. You people don't get. When they need privacy there is Privacy. The circulation then goes up vertically and moves through the common space above and then down to any of the bedroom you want to. And in day time you can pass thorough horizontally as as you draw an architectural cross section. The Circulation and privacy aspects has been well thought off. And the merger of outside and inside has been interpreted in a new but feasible fashion.
Great Design!
Congratulation both to SDO and Archdaily.
Long live SDO

rob.i · February 19, 2010 12:26 AM

there are stairs just in the first outer space, near the entrance. so, if you want to go to the main bedroom, you have to pass through the kids rooms.
ecxept for this problem, i agree with you.

yes, it seems like azuma house but the spaces and the circulation are much more complex and developped

Lutti · February 18, 2010

pour moi c’est une curieuse (et pas très subtile) copie de la Azuma House de Tadao Ando…

charlesriccardi · February 18, 2010

I would love to buy, or build a house like this one day. The architecture is brilliant.

RQH · February 18, 2010

This is incredibly bad. The plan makes absolutely no sense. I cannot take projects like this seriously.

Gatz · March 06, 2010 07:39 PM

There are not any doors, noices, smells, windows, cold, warm, food, there is not live, people. This is awfull.

anavic · February 18, 2010 09:11 PM

you took the words right out of my mouth.

As a concept, fine it could go somewhere, as a house... shameful, I bet anyone healthy would like to live there, when it comes to comfort, we should be just a little bit more... conventional.

Keunert · February 18, 2010

it's cold because there's no insulation.

fantastic project but rahter on the side of art then on the side of mass appeal and usability. only if its inhabited by a single person / or a pair this will work more or less within usual conventions.

Rasha · February 18, 2010

The play of light and dark among the spaces is good. But, I think the rooms are too dark since there's no direct natural light coming in. Also, it's too cold. The only color I saw was the pale color of the wood flooring in the living room.

Marta · February 18, 2010

This is a damn depressing house... I get the inside-outside thing and it really could work, but alltogether the atmosphere is much too cold. It has something of a prison.

Ma?gorzata · February 18, 2010

Very nice outside, nice but too modest inside.

Some colour and green plants inside, PLEASSSSE!

rob.i · February 18, 2010

I'm interested on what a Japanese would say about this project, in particular on these aspects:

1- no interior doors
2- if you want to go to the main bedroom you have to pass through the kids rooms.
3- there is a WC in a corner of the main bedroom
4- a half of the main bed is outside the exterior wall :-)

i really like the way they mixed interior, semi-interior and exterior spaces

ikachi · February 18, 2010

There have to be more innovations in this project in order not to look like Ando work.

Chris · February 18, 2010

Really loved it at first sight, but I think I have to agree with some of the previous comments, practicallity doesn't really seem to be on the agenda.

manuela · February 18, 2010

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Andrew Geber · February 18, 2010

certainly would take some getting used to
i guess its a good think hiroshima has a tropical climate

Igor · February 18, 2010

I consider myself as a normal thinking person and I think that representing project is not the architecture. In my opinion the building is the experimental sculpture and it's in the same category as caves and other shelters. I have seen many but they are deserted long ago.

arne myklestad · February 18, 2010

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Todd Reade · February 18, 2010

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luca · February 18, 2010

I don't get it, where is the real in/out border

starfinder · February 18, 2010 04:11 PM

are you luca torelli?

Jason · February 18, 2010

Speaking as an American, it's always interesting to see small, Japanese homes. They have such a different idea of personal, private space... specifically with regard to parent/child bedrooms - both location and in relation to circulation. This is not the first Japanese house I've seen where the apparent circulation path basically IS a secondary bedroom - weird... at least from my perspective. I suppose this reflects a different attitude culturally as well as perhaps a consequence of building such small homes. If it works for the client.

The interior/exterior spaces are excellent as well as the placement of openings through the boxes. The light inside the house is amazing. I like the living spaces on the upper floors for the light with the bedrooms below.

Mike · February 18, 2010

It looks like Tadao Ando's Azuma House...

Habito kun · February 18, 2010 05:50 PM

it's more of a copy paste. good point there mike.

cortebrezo · February 18, 2010

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Alex G · February 18, 2010

I love the concept but I wouldn´t live in there, the lack of privacy, not even in the bathroom (you can see the toilet from the kitchen) is not very comfortable, well maybe is for the family of the future. But the sequence of spaces, the "open" spaces between the concrete boxes, the simplicity of the layout, and the minimal decoration, makes this house a lovely and really interesting place.

gerhard dehls · February 18, 2010

needs a little grafiti

robert e cooper · May 10, 2012 09:31 PM

And needs a little ivy on the very outside. I know that's a very un-Japanese thing.

Michael · February 18, 2010

Well, you have to hand it to them. This is a rigorous pursuit of a concept. I think there is a lot to be said for such dogged determination.
I'm not saying the concept is right or wrong, but they have taken the idea and worked it to the nth degree.
It is fastidious and precise.
It's pretty damn amazing.

ballistamagazine · February 18, 2010

The progression of spaces is an awkward sequence, but I really like the ambiguity of the interior/exterior rooms. It's hard to determine which rooms are open-air even in the photographs. Seems like the interior/exterior space concept also leads to some pretty successful light play! Interesting project...


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