House in Keyaki / SNARK + OUVI

House in Keyaki / SNARK + OUVI
House in Keyaki / SNARK + OUVI - Facade, Windows
© Ippei Shinzawa
Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: SNARK + Ouvi
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  10313
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2012
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Ippei Shinzawa

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Text description provided by the architects. Honjyo-shi is a small area located in Saitama Prefecture. It is an hour and a half by car from Tokyo, Japan.

House in Keyaki / SNARK + OUVI - Table, Wood, Chair, Beam
© Ippei Shinzawa

Almost all residents here always use their own cars when they go somewhere because there is no available public transportation like trains and buses.

House in Keyaki / SNARK + OUVI - Shelving
© Ippei Shinzawa

This means that we need to consider providing parking spaces when building new houses within this area.

House in Keyaki / SNARK + OUVI - Shelving, Closet
© Ippei Shinzawa

First, when we thought the outline of this house, we allotted the proper setbacks within the site. From this, we came up with a car parking space and a small garden.

House in Keyaki / SNARK + OUVI - Shelving, Table, Stairs, Chair
© Ippei Shinzawa

At the same time, we could get enough sunlight from every directions. Second, we designed 3 narrow windows on the south, east and west side of the house.

House in Keyaki / SNARK + OUVI - Image 11 of 22
© Ippei Shinzawa

Then we designed triangle voids in front of these windows on the second floor. These voids provided visual connections to the outside and inside of the house. And people inside this house can anticipate the presence of each other within different spaces or rooms.You could feel how the sunlight changes anytime as well as the changes in season.

House in Keyaki / SNARK + OUVI - Shelving, Windows, Handrail
© Ippei Shinzawa

Finally, we set some furniture on the border of the triangle voids and each places.

The inner space of this architecture is divided into smaller spaces and it can be adjusted depending on the resident's preference.

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Cite: "House in Keyaki / SNARK + OUVI" 01 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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