House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI

House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI - Stairs, Windows, HandrailHouse in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI - Image 7 of 19House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI - Shelving, Windows, HandrailHouse in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI - Countertop, Kitchen, SinkHouse in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI - More Images+ 14

Shizuoka, Japan
  • Architects: KOIZUMISEKKEI
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  166
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Toshiyuki Yano
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Grohe, Panasonic, Toto
House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI - Windows, Facade, Concrete
© Toshiyuki Yano

Text description provided by the architects. The project area had the Abe-kawa river bed and row of cherry blossom trees on the north side with the majestic Mt. Fuji in full view beyond that.

House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI - Table, Countertop, Chair
© Toshiyuki Yano

On the other hand, there was a three-story house adjacent to the south side, so it couldn't expect to get much sunlight. 

House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI - Image 7 of 19
© Toshiyuki Yano

Under such conditions, we made a wide open wall like a door, and designed it to act as a frame for that beautiful scenery to the north and had connection with the outside.

House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI - Windows
© Toshiyuki Yano

In the living room on the second floor, sunlight from a skylight on the third floor shines on the wall that holds lightweight cantilevered stairs.


This sunlight reflects off the big wall and is designed to allow for the entire living room to be brightened with soft sunlight even without windows on the south side where the adjacent house is located. 

House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI - Table, Stairs, Chair
© Toshiyuki Yano

The Japanese characters of the owner's name have the contrasting elements of the moon and the sun. Therefore, we wanted to include contrasting elements into this architecture as well. Thus, we have this beautiful, smooth, white wall on the inside against the rough, exposed, RC wall on the outside. We also have a huge,  formidable wall against the large open space of the living room. 

House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI - Facade, Windows
© Toshiyuki Yano

These kinds of contrasts became a very important part of the design concept for the architecture.

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Cite: "House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI" 23 Jan 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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