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House in Fukaya / Nobuo Araki

House in Fukaya / Nobuo Araki

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Fukaya, Japan
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Text description provided by the architects. This flat house stands in the middle of the northern Kanto Plain; an area that gets hot in the summer and windy and cold in the winter. A young couple and their girl live in the new house that is situated within a vast estate and surrounded by vegetable fields.

© Shimizu Ken
© Shimizu Ken

On our first visit to the site we were greeted by a sudden late afternoon shower and had to rush to shelter under the eaves of the house that previously stood there. While the site is within commuting distance from the Tokyo metropolitan area, nature remains a powerful presence.

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Floor Plan

As a result of our visit, we began to think of a welcoming architectural form that would co-exist with the surrounding natural environment and gently embrace the lives of the family members. 

© Shimizu Ken
© Shimizu Ken

A roof with eaves that extend 1.5 meters in all directions characterizes the house. There are almost no partitions inside, resulting in a large open space.

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Section

Like a big tree under which the family members can rest, the house embraces its inhabitants and provides a relaxed and comfortable life close to nature. The large roof allows the house to be expanded in any direction as the family grows or their lifestyle changes.

© Shimizu Ken
© Shimizu Ken

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Cite: "House in Fukaya / Nobuo Araki" 19 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/772127/house-in-fukaya-nobuo-araki> ISSN 0719-8884
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