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  7. House in Mikage / SIDES CORE

House in Mikage / SIDES CORE

  • 22:00 - 18 August, 2016
House in Mikage / SIDES CORE
House in Mikage  / SIDES CORE, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Higashinada Ward, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Sohei Arao
  • Construction

    Nakanishi Kenchiku
  • Area

    101.2 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

Text description provided by the architects. Simple containers made of quality materials are the easiest to use. You don’t grow tired of them, and they bring out the best in whatever is inside. We think of living spaces as containers that bring out the best in your family and your life.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

The project began with a request from a couple that owns a beauty salon we designed 15 years ago. The salon still feels modern today, and shows how well the owners have taken care of it.

Plan 1
Plan 1

When we visited their house, there was nothing unnecessary or out of place. DIY metal hardware made it possible to change the way they use the space to match their changing lifestyle. A single wild flower their child had picked stood in a simple vase. We felt they wanted a house to enhance the free and pleasant nature of their lives.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota
Plan 2
Plan 2
© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

The property is located in a quiet residential area of Mikage, a nice contrast to their salon in downtown Rokko. It sits two meters above the street that forms its southern border, protecting the family’s privacy from the eyes of passersby below. A forested area on a cliff, spared from development, is visible to the south. The view from the house takes full advantage of the borrowed scenery.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

Nature is present in the house. South-facing windows lead to outdoor spaces, like deep tunnels that create a serene space by obscuring neighboring houses while framing the borrowed scenery. Exposed structural elements in equal pitch showcase the wood’s natural character, while straddling and connecting inside and outside.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

The custom-ordered trestle table on the first floor can be diassasembled and stored. The legs are interchangeable, so it can be a chabudai (Japanese-style low table), or taken up to the enclosed terrace and surrounded with furniture for lounging. The space is flexible. The owners will likely continue to change their DIY furniture as their life changes. We hope this space will be a container that accomodates the family’s unfettered and free lifestyle for many years to come.

© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota

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Cite: "House in Mikage / SIDES CORE" 18 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/793529/house-in-mikage-side-core/> ISSN 0719-8884
© Takumi Ota

在日本神户的住宅 / SIDES CORE