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Zigzag / mA-style architects

  • 00:00 - 12 July, 2012
Zigzag / mA-style architects
Zigzag / mA-style architects

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Yaizu, Japan
  • Design Team

    Atsushi Kawamoto, Mayumi Kawamoto
  • Area

    103.5125 m2
  • Project Year


Text description provided by the architects. The building site is located on residential area that was subdivided by development project in 1980's. We can see nice fields of rice and other crops around here.

© Kai Nakamura

Well kept street consists of homogeneous volume. The streets of the city cross each other at right angles.

© Kai Nakamura

There is no shielding, only the sky covers us. Our first impression was 'familiar place in Japan', but we also thought this kind of homologousness is rather character of this area. We began to thought the building plan that enables the house to develop in proportion to the local. We propsed to construct the house which involves organic connection and lifestyle in it. To do so, we placed one zigzag wall on the site. The Zigzag wall makes divided spaces. Each spaces are covered 3 sides by walls, and 1 side is opened to the grounds. The inside and outside are connected by Zigzag wall.

© Kai Nakamura

The wall located outside goes to the inside, the wall located inside goes to the out side. The private space changes to open space by Zigzag wall. Zigzag wall also produced good results such as wind and sunlight from outside. we paid attention to aperture, one is not noticeable, and the other is highlight. By doing so, we succeeded to make sharp and sharper in the building.

© Kai Nakamura

Also, we investigated the scale of aperture minutely. We want to create suitable place with their life style by developing various sequence in the building. The place of life should be composed of constant rhythm, not abstract concept. Thus, we finally succeeded to express organic architectural style.


Zigzag house is completely different from court house style which shuts to the surround, that enables resident to live with everything which includes surroundings, family and changing of the structure. Zigzag house shows the way of life for everyone. 

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