Cube House / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

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Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates / Urbanist Architect
Location: Kanagawa,
Site area: 120.80 sqm
Building area: 72.25 sqm
Total floor area: 114.14 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

first floor plan
south elevation

The house is built on a 1.5M grid module in all XYZ directions.

This site is at a corner of the new residential area in Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan.

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The space is composed of a solid cube of 9.0M x 9.0M x 6.0M and a cubic void of 4.5M x 4.5M x 6.0M.

The hall, children’s room, kitchen are laid out to surround the living-dining room on the ground floor.

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On the first floor, the bedroom, walk-in closet, bathroom, court, are are laid out to surround the double floor-height well which is 6.0M.

Each room of the interior space is connected through the void of the living room.

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And the void cuts off the sky as a geometric form, letting the sunlight inside.

In this house, all events, the changes of the seasons, course of time, and human activity, are created through the void.

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    This can’t be a house. I applaud the simplicity of form, but it just feels so incredibly cold. The scale of the main area is way too overblown, when it had the potential to be an amazing space. It isn’t inviting in the least sense, and pays no attention whatsoever to the surrounding context. It seems to be driven purely by formalism alone.

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    It can be a house… If you have same mind… Normally houses build for certain client, not by generall rules. If client like this, so… for him it is the best house in the world.

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    haha ,i see a kid in the house in the second last image.
    it is hard to find – But there IS a kid in DARK SHADOW

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