All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. Japan
  5. KOIZUMISEKKEI
  6. 2013
  7. House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI

House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI

  • 20:00 - 23 January, 2017
House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI
House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI, © Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

© Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano © Toshiyuki Yano + 19

© Toshiyuki Yano
© 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.

© Toshiyuki Yano
© 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. 

© Toshiyuki Yano
© 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.

© Toshiyuki Yano
© 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.

Section
Section

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. 

© Toshiyuki Yano
© 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. 

© Toshiyuki Yano
© Toshiyuki Yano

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

View the complete gallery

About this office
Cite: "House in Shimokawahara / KOIZUMISEKKEI" 23 Jan 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/803902/house-in-shimokawahara-koizumisekkei/> ISSN 0719-8884

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.