House in Hamadayama / K+S Architects

© Hiroshi Ueda

Architects: K+S Architects / Nobuya Kashima + Aya Sato
Location: , Japan
Structure Engineer: SHI (Takumi Shinbo)
Site Area: 178.83 sqm
Built Area: 89.12 sqm
Total Floor Area: 141.69 sqm
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Hiroshi Ueda

“Retreat” becomes the keyword.

I use  the bare wall around to protect the living space from outside environment.

floor plans

I set the Core Tower in the center of the house and I let  the living space stream and spatially continue with clinging to the Tower.

In the space isolated from the outside world, I try to  form the characteristically different space surrounding the Core Tower.

© Hiroshi Ueda

Besides it, I make it very open architectonics and the movable  partitions enable the whole house to be a one  large (connected) room.

This also makes you sense and feel the presence of two big tortoises  which are the member of the family  anywhere in the house.

© Hiroshi Ueda

Whereas the house at a glance might give a subtle closed  expression in the town, indeed creates a warm and gracious atmosphere at night  by a light leaks  out from the oval aperture of the aluminum panel.

Cite: "House in Hamadayama / K+S Architects" 14 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • yeah

    But…but…but the interior photos show an actually inhabited spaces with furniture – this just CAN’T be a Japanese project.

    • nicholas

      is a house after all~

  • Nicholas Patten

    I'd Live Here: House in Hamadayama.

  • Stan Schroeder

    RT @NicholasPatten: I'd Live Here: House in Hamadayama.

  • arnold

    Benefits (+):
    - good exterior design; the main facade is monumental, clear;
    - I like the interior and planing; this house could be a very good studio and a living place for 1-2 people; I’d like to have it (this house for studio).

    Weaknesses (-):
    - why in the Courtyard facade design big windows, if here are very close Neighbors houses windows? yes, I guess, what it’s southern orientation :-), but why in the main, street facade to hide windows under concrete wall? so where’s intimacy of living in this place? anyway it’s japanies way of thinking and live :-).
    - this is not small house. but house only for 1-2 persons isn’t empty luxury? well, anyway, if it was client desire, so everything – ok.

    - if here wouldn’t be so close neighbors houses, I would love this house (there are no privacy at this side of house).

  • up_today_arch

    Yes, we used to see empty and full of concrete as japanese building. Something full of philosofy… But is it obligation for each architect from japan?

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