Residence in Hozumidai / Matsunami Mitsutomo

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Architec: Matsunami Mitsutomo
Location: Hozumidai, Ibaraki-shi, ,
Site Area (One of four buildings): 75,91㎡
Construction Area(One of four buildings): 40,79㎡
Total Floor Area(One of four buildings): 12,04㎡
Year: 2007
Photographer: Matsunami Mitsutomo

© Matsunami Mitsutomo

This is a mass-produced type ready-built house often developed on a large scale, and as such, has the advantage of producing entire housing of rows.In many cases, as the appearance is coordinated at the designation of the owner, rows of houses that do not necessity match esthetically are created.


In order to overcome this 4 units are created together at Hozumidai to appear as one building by design, carrying out a strong message to the town. Price competitiveness was maintained by cost effective production of the facade design.


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Cite: "Residence in Hozumidai / Matsunami Mitsutomo" 16 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <>


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    las fachadas fueron propositales puestas en ese orden.?! porque asi pare, hasta forman un numero, en realidad cuando le heché un rápido vistazo, hasta pensé que fuese ese el propósito, hasta ver que eran 4 casas diferente y las fachadas disenhadas de acuerdo a las necesidades del cliente. Pues bien, la composición de las fachadas no me desagradan en realidad, aunque la cuarta dejó a desear, es muy convencional. Pero en fin, como dije, la composición en si no me desagrada, me parecen buenas las elecciones para el uso de contraste de materiales, tanto por el color como por el tipo, para ser residencias, creo que están aprovadas, mantienen un lenguaje moderno y hasta diria minimalista si no fuese por el pasamano de las terrazas, lineas rectas, formas puras, de facil lectura. Una buena arquitectura en su todo.

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    I really love those Japanese architects, they really did a good job of dealing such a limited situation.

    The facade is really impressive, smart and low-cost.

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    Japanese never have the toilet in the bathroom… does anyone know the significance ?

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      Because if you seperate the tolit, the sink and the tub, you can have 3 person use these 3 pieces at the same time, it is much more efficient. Just imagine how painful you have to wait for using the toliet while your roommate is taking a buble bath…

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    Can’t remember the exact significance, but I know it’s related to the higher than average number of washbasins, that and the concept of depositing outdoor shoes at the door.

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    Here! D’ya ever notice how Japanese people have slit eyes?…. Almost like they’re planning something.

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    Curious and arty. But curious design is only functional and considerate when the interest of residents is held higher than appearance.

    Buildings are supposed to serve the occupants, not conform to an eye-catching design or remarkable appearance.

    In the interest of appearance, the residents of this block must the live out the designer’s inconsideration for the life of the buildings.

    The left and top-floor right are relatively private balconies. Those in the middle top and bottom left have an inherent ever-present chance of communal intrusion hovering around every step outdoors.

    Overheard conversation, the necessity to cut short a conversation, unwanted or untimely familiarity:

    Why, when it did not have to be?

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