the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Houses
  4. Japan
  5. ALTS DESIGN OFFICE
  6. 2018
  7. Ishibehigashi House / ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

Ishibehigashi House / ALTS DESIGN OFFICE

  • 21:00 - 11 July, 2018
Ishibehigashi House / ALTS DESIGN OFFICE
Ishibehigashi House / ALTS DESIGN OFFICE, © Kenta Kawamura
© Kenta Kawamura

© Kenta Kawamura © Kenta Kawamura © Kenta Kawamura © Kenta Kawamura + 27

© Kenta Kawamura
© Kenta Kawamura

Text description provided by the architects. A couple decided to purchase newly developed land that was for sale. In front of their lot, there is a spreading field and a distant train is running. Although the site is surrounded by this idyllic landscape, this plot of newly developed land was elongated, having a 7-meter long width and a 23-meter depth.

© Kenta Kawamura
© Kenta Kawamura

The houses in the area have small front areas, so it is normal to use the width of the land to its maximum extent when building a house, resulting in houses being tightly built and without much space. The area is surrounded by idyllic scenes of nature, so I felt that if the houses were located densely near each other then there would be less outside space, and that would be a shame. I tried to find a way to make more outside space, even just a little.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Hence, as a way to feel the outside, we developed our concept, which was to install a garden passageway. The house is elongated, so we designed a common area with an earthen floor which was often seen in old Japanese row houses, and divided the area roughly into two parts: a passageway (the common area) and the LDK (the private area).

© Kenta Kawamura
© Kenta Kawamura

We arranged a layout which allows the residents to access each area from the passageway. By installing an opening in the upper part of this passageway, the windows were removed windows from the field of view of the residents, so that privacy can be secured. However, as the light comes in from the top, we were able to create a space that looks like outside.

Elevation and Section
Elevation and Section

As we used the same tiles as the entrance for the passageway, the interior space looked as if it is an extension of the external space. The space which looks like it outside goes through the house. When looking up in the passageway, we can see the beams are lined up. The beams cast shadows on the LDK, and the shadows change in shape as the sun moves throughout the day. The passageway as seen from the living room is filled with soft light. The space gradually changes over time, allowing us to experience different feelings. I hope this will be a space that enriches the lives of the families living here.

© Kenta Kawamura
© Kenta Kawamura

View the complete gallery

About this office
ALTS DESIGN OFFICE
Office
Cite: "Ishibehigashi House / ALTS DESIGN OFFICE" 11 Jul 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/898052/ishibehigashi-house-alts-design-office/> 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.