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B House / Anderson Anderson Architecture + Nishiyama Architects + Nishiyama Architects

  • 01:00 - 26 April, 2010
B House / Anderson Anderson Architecture + Nishiyama Architects + Nishiyama Architects
B House / Anderson Anderson Architecture + Nishiyama Architects + Nishiyama Architects

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From the architect. This two bedroom, one bath home—built for two public school teachers on a hillside overlooking Kumamoto, Japan—is planned to become fully energy self-sufficient once all designed systems are phased in. The construction budget of US$154,000—an extremely modest budget by local Kumamoto standards—required a close collaboration of the architects and builder to achieve a high-quality, off-site fabricated timber-frame construction meeting high sustainability standards.

Rather than eliminating green technology to remain within budget, the 1100 square foot home was planned for a phased integration of systems, budgeted to be completed with the couple’s current income without increased loans over the coming five years.

All essential components of the sustainable design strategy are fully implemented in the original construction, including natural, renewable, healthy materials; optimized solar shading, day lighting, and chimney-effect natural ventilation; solar hot water heating; high-efficiency hydronic heating made ready for future geothermal ground loop and solar thermal roof panels; water catchment roof system planned for a future green roof; and efficiently sized spaces and gardens conducive to simple, indoor-outdoor living with minimal ongoing maintenance and resource investment.

The house is sited on a terraced, south-facing slope in a dense housing neighborhood, overlooking orange groves and a spectacular view of Kumamoto Castle and surrounding hills. The building is sited for maximum views and passive solar heating of the massive concrete floor slabs serving as thermal ballast, and with opening walls facing the prevailing summer winds.

The north face of the home has a steeply pitched roof section oriented for photovoltaic panels facing south, and high, operable clerestory windows facing north and upslope, creating optimized day lighting without summer heat gain, and creating a chimney-effect natural ventilation draft drawing air through the home, and exhausting the kitchen, bath and sleeping spaces with cooling updrafts. The house is constructed of simple, robust materials, consisting of concrete, plaster, and locally and sustainably harvested timber.

Cite: "B House / Anderson Anderson Architecture + Nishiyama Architects + Nishiyama Architects" 26 Apr 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/57172/b-house-anderson-anderson-architecture-nishiyama-architects/>
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Wahyu Adi Saputra · May 08, 2012

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Tamara Radick · June 13, 2010

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Grosvenor · June 13, 2010

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Nick Downes · June 13, 2010

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mc · April 28, 2010

I'm agree with rob's comment. To much wide angle, did anyone saw the black cat under the table in pic 4. That's funny...!!

Bruce · April 27, 2010

Nice size, materials, program and layout (except for the enclosed kitchen), but I agree with other comments in terms of the spindly galvanized columns and distorted scale provided by the interior views. It also seems to be a weak insulation envelope given the winter temps in this area and the amount of money planned to be spent adding solar and geo-thermal systems.

Michael Baugus · April 27, 2010

Great incremental approach to final product - B House / Anderson Anderson Architecture + Nishiyama Architects http://bit.ly/9lnXqw

Rob · April 27, 2010

It's a shame that the photographer has used such an extreme wide-angle lens, as it totally distorts the space and turns it into something that it's not. You can't get a clear idea of what the actual space is like.

DesignGraph · April 27, 2010
up_today_arch · April 27, 2010

Nothing to say... Just the house.

Architecture Design · April 27, 2010

RT| B House / Anderson Anderson Architecture + Nishiyama Architects: © Chris Bush
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Home Decor News · April 27, 2010

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Nicholas Patten · April 27, 2010

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Benjamin · April 27, 2010

It's a shame they couldn't have engineered some better support in the roof ro the cantilevers of the eaves so as to eliminate those posts, especially the one on the angle!

J · April 28, 2010 01:48 AM

That's totally true. It's really weired the fact that they mixed wood and steel supports, and in the corner It's horrible, the wood one just next to the steel one, and with the diagonal is even worse. It's a shame, becaus the plan is pretty clean...

Architecture News · April 27, 2010

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Antyo Rentjoko · April 26, 2010

Apapun ttg arsitektur, sngt penting kl ada duit u/ bikin rumah lagi. Tdk ada rmh bajakan :D | B House http://bit.ly/du9ksu

manigment · April 26, 2010

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INDIAN ARCHITECTS · April 26, 2010

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