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Sumikiri House / y+Mdo

  • Architects: y+Mdo
  • Location: Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
  • Architect : y+Mdo
  • Project Architect: Masahiro Miyake
  • Project Manager: Hidemasa Yoshimoto
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Courtesy of y+mdo

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From the architect. The Sumikiri House is located within a residential neighborhood where there are existing older tenement houses in Amagasaki-City, Hyogo-Pref, Japan. The existing fabric of the neighborhood consists of narrow roadways,  about 4 meters, and dense housing with limited poor views.  The house is located on a corner lot, and with the idea to maximize the lot the architects created a design that incorporated a lot of natural light and joyfulness for the family.

Courtesy of  y+mdo
Courtesy of y+mdo

In the Sumikiri House the plan at ground level has its corner removed, appropriate to its name which means corner cutoff in Japanese,  creating a garage space and a more open feel to the narrow lot.

Courtesy of  y+mdo
Courtesy of y+mdo

A plain-woven iron grating on the façade of the house suspends out of the the missing corner and creates an interesting mix of transparency and privacy.  Although the grating works as a partition, it provide a brightness and a perspective with inside the room where is not large.

Courtesy of  y+mdo
Courtesy of y+mdo

Sumikiri House achieves a moderate distance and relation between the client and their neighbors. The design of the corner cutoff and plain-woven grating achieves both transparency of perspective visibility and secured privacy in addition efficiently utilizing the narrow lot.

Courtesy of  y+mdo
Courtesy of y+mdo
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