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  7. Akatsuka House / MDS

Akatsuka House / MDS

  • 01:00 - 17 September, 2014
Akatsuka House / MDS
Akatsuka House / MDS, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Itabashi, Japan
  • Architects in Charge

    Kiyotoshi Mori, Natsuko Kawamura
  • Area

    149.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

Text description provided by the architects. Semi-interior space implied by the large square hipped roof

A house should act as a shelter against natural environments and outside noises. But it is necessary to keep an appropriate sense of distance with the outside, instead of completely isolated from it so that one can feel the atmosphere of the nature and surrounding environments. In the same way, it is important to provide a subtle sense of distance among family members regarding privacy and communication.

© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

The site is a former farmland converted to residential land, which is situated between rural and urban areas. In order to maintain privacy of the house, it is necessary to consider views looking down from above, as well as views from the street level, since middle- to high-rise buildings are starting to be built around the area.

© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

The large simple pitched roof, with extended eaves at low height, prevents the house from being seen from above. A calm space is kept at the center of the house, away from the outside noise. In the plan, three distorted walls are arranged in a ring shape, sheltering the house from being seen from outside. In the section, various degrees of distance are designed between inside and outside by adjusting a distortion between the roof and the walls.

© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

The interior consists of a space defined by the ring-shaped walls and the remaining space. Distances between the two spaces are diverse, corresponding to size, direction, position or thickness of the “openings” at the border of these spaces. Various “distances among family members” are provided in the space.This house, on the edge of the urban area of Tokyo, is totally different from one in nature.

© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano
Cite: "Akatsuka House / MDS" 17 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884