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House of Integration / FORM | Kouichi Kimura

  • 01:00 - 16 March, 2010
House of Integration / FORM | Kouichi Kimura
House of Integration / FORM | Kouichi Kimura, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shiga, Japan
  • Architects

    FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects
  • Client

  • Site Area

    166,21 sqm
  • Area

    0.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. This is the house for a young couple and their child.

The client had a longing for the traditional Japanese folk dwellings, and desired to take advantage of the surrounding bountiful idyll in the new house.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

We planned in the center of the first floor a spacious foyer that functions as a semi-exterior area.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

This space, which evokes relation between the DOMA (dirt floor) and ZA (habitable space floor) often seen in the old Japanese folk dwellings, is connected with the couple’s bedroom, child room, bathroom, and stairway to the second floor. It plays a role as the core of the flow line inside the house, and can be used in a variety of ways in accordance with the client’s needs.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

The living room, dining room, and kitchen are laid out on the second floor.

We designed so that the line of sight is led by colors and lights when you go upstairs, to the idyllic scenery that spreads outside the opening.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

The house, though it may be compact, integrates diversified and productive spaces produced by various materials and colors, in its minimal volume that blends in with the idyll.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota
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Gordon · January 12, 2013

Ando-sensei says that travel is the most important aspect of an architect's education, and I have to agree. You must learn how others live to really live yourself.
Arnold noticed something important, the similarity of middle eastern traditional architecture, the courtyard house. The home is very closed to the outside, and then there are varying degrees of privacy inside. That is very deeply ingrained in japanese culture. Parents and children often sleep in the same room, and often take baths together. Whole families go to neighbourhood bathhouses. So why build solid walls and doors between rooms. What looks like a bedroom you walk through to get somewhere else is, to a japanese, clearly three separete spaces. The idyllic surroundings are integrated not by physically opening the house to them but by incorporating elements of traditional farm houses, the earthen wall texture, the low partitions surrounding the kitchen elements. It is a kind of architectural poetry. If you don't recognise the references, it really is lost in translation. You need to study the old farm houses, not the urban townhouse or palace, to get it. You need to imagine how it was like to live in those houses as well.

Davide Romeo · November 27, 2011

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vend core · October 06, 2011

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waitingkate · October 04, 2011

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G · March 22, 2010

Kimbo has a point...wonder where the humans are...have noted that the year of construction (completion?) is 2010...that would mean that the house has not been lived in or broken in yet?...would be interesting to see what the spaces look like after the young couple and their child have lived in it for a while ( cutlery, paintings on the wall, artifacts,sculptures, the child morphing into a teenager, then into a young adult, favourite rocking chair and such). am not sure if the photographs do justice to the comes through as a beautiful piece of sculpture.the house was designed to meet the requirements of the family so i guess one can not deny that it is a reflection of their tastes...what is their lifestyle?...what kind of a relationship do they have with their it formal? they not let their hair down after work or on weekends?...perhaps eventually the spaces will fuse with the spirit of the family and reflect in a more complete manner the people living in it...the family will humanise it! curious.

d.teil · March 19, 2010

@arnold; just forgot................. beside this u also should study to read a floor plan first (especially how you have to read a staircase). of course nobody has to cross here a bedroom first.

anavic · March 19, 2010 07:07 PM

I'm sorry but you're wrong. You do have to cross the bedroom first.
The "public" area is upstairs and although you don't literally cross the bedroom zone it's all opened. And even worse, the first thing you see is the toilet sink, a curtain does not make the function of a door to me.
I'm not criticising their privacity preferences, I just say what it is and what it looks like in the floor plan.

I don't know how do you read floor plans btw

d.teil · March 19, 2010


that is funny as u mention this house has just a bit japanese spirit after u are telling the reader the strangeness about the floor plan.

well, study the original japanese house, then u will see that this house has more japanese spirit as u are thinking (incl. the facade).

toni · March 18, 2010

I find it stunning how formally coherent is all the works of FORM

Helena Degreas · March 18, 2010

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arnold · March 18, 2010

it's a strange house:
- when I'm looking at exterior, I see some kind house from Middle East (turkiye, syria, iraq and etc.);
- when I'm looking at the interior, it looks like european 70th "modern" architecture solutions.

and a bit strange, when if your quests wants to get to the house living room, they must go through your masters bedroom :-) (this intimate area is too much open).

well, anyway this house has only a little japanese spirit. it's sad a bit..

dariusz · March 17, 2010

A bit sterile, like someone mentioned.. There's absolutely no integration with the exterior or surroundings.. I am getting really bored with this kind of work.. way too boring..

Jubair Siddeeque · March 17, 2010

Its been long since the last project of Form-Kimura. I usually Check their website time to time to see new postings. But not till now.
I rate this as a good one. very typical of their style. I notice they have tried some variations like, Non-glossy floor, Textured wall finish and yes, red color is first time, i think, on their floors.
Expect more new from their work. Their work is always at this scale. I am big Fan. Keep up the good work 'Arch daily'

Ballista Magazine · March 17, 2010

While I personally don't think the severity of these criticisms are warranted, I do find it odd that a project that champions itself on integration is so formally and contextually isolated from its environment. The description speaks to the integration of the interior volumes but it is quite sterile and stand-offish from the exterior.

Aside from that, I think its important that architecture leaves something open for interpretation. Architecture should not be 100% definable or discernible at first blush and if it is, there is a good chance you only have a building. Building is not equal to architecture...

kimbo · March 17, 2010 08:56 PM

"I do find it odd that a project that champions itself on integration is so formally and contextually isolated from its environment"
homes should reflect the people living in them, some of us are actually like the above extracted, detail~quote from Ballista.

bluevertical · March 17, 2010

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Graham Cowen · March 17, 2010

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pathos · March 17, 2010

Try as I may I can't see how this project deserves the harsh criticisms that it has garnered so far. And it is not the responsibility of ArchDaily to judge these projects and deem which are worthy of our time and which are not - that is for you to decide. The plans, while admittedly low contrast, read just fine to me. I don't see how the spaces are particularly overly-Japonesque. What I see is a well articulated and efficient allotment of space to suit the needs of a small family. Everything appears to be lovingly and carefully considered and detailed. The color palette is refreshingly saturated relative to the all white interior it could have been. Maybe the natural lighting could have been better but privacy could have been an issue. It seems that the clients got the house they wanted.

Home Decor News · March 17, 2010

House of Integration / FORM | Kouichi Kimura

lex · March 16, 2010

WOW! finally a design that proves that one can be too japanessey with a design. I thought this day would never come.

why · March 16, 2010

why don't we get a forum, where all the critics on this website can upload their excellent work?
i am sure, all we will get is some commercial average designs to a market of average u.s. citizens living in average u.s. suburbs...
guys, stop trying to make youself better by just shitting around from the dark - just present something great on this website, and the world will be a better place!

anavic · March 16, 2010

Who tells this people how to do plans? seriously,... there is no distinction between the toilet and the walls. Lines don't talk by themselves. I think it's better to draw a scheme with the basic furniture than let it empty and write: LIVING

Am I wrong if I say that I'm in my second - third year at univertity and I think I could draw better?

Maybe that's the thing of minimalist houses, but anyways, I think every single project should be explained by itself and I think this drawings say nothing without the words in bold.

Mac · March 17, 2010 08:41 AM

Even when the design is mediocre, which I ain’t stating, you have to value the fact that the architects got it built. Anavic, if you are that super designer, try to get your idea relialised!

anavic · March 16, 2010 11:02 PM

My apologies if I offended anyone.

Architekt R V Scholz · March 16, 2010

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Architecture+Molding · March 16, 2010

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Krown Lab · March 16, 2010

House of Integration / FORM | Kouichi Kimura | ArchDaily The front of this house is amazing!

DougO · March 16, 2010

I realize this is an example of the culture of design as well as the culture itself... but it is just to sterile for me.

boxcutter · March 16, 2010

Arch Daily, seriously. STOP IT! these japanese minimalist-esque houses are like 3rd year design student projects. This is suposed to be a showcase of new ideas, creative material usage, beautiful details, and playful expression...

Rafael Moreira · March 16, 2010

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enceladus · March 16, 2010

nothing special...


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