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Open Sky House / Yoshitaka Suzuki and Associates

Open Sky House / Yoshitaka Suzuki and Associates

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Text description provided by the architects. This is a small house for a family of five, a couple and three children. Land prices in the city are expensive and there is a system of blatant disparities depending on location and buildable area. Even the land they managed to acquire was a harsh reality, as only a small house (61 square meters of allowable gross floor area) could be built on, with a maximum of 12 square meters per person.

© Yasuhiro Nakayama
© Yasuhiro Nakayama
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© Yasuhiro Nakayama

However, in order to escape from the logic of such an urban economy, the family chose to live without a roof over half of their house, an unknown and bold choice(In Japan, the portion with a roof is counted as floor area). So in this house, nearly half of the house's area, including the "living room," is without a roof.

© Yasuhiro Nakayama
© Yasuhiro Nakayama

As a result, everyday life here is exposed to the sky, the only and overwhelming nature of the city. Inside the house, it rains, and the wind blows in. It snows and the bugs come. Every day of it is exposed to an unpredictable world, which must be hard to understand for those who think of their homes as assets and tools.

© Yasuhiro Nakayama
© Yasuhiro Nakayama

But the family enjoys this life with glee. They use the fittings of a yacht and sling sheets of sun (and sometimes rain protection) like sails, and they enjoy the freedom that only this house can provide. The children run around with umbrellas on heavy rainy days, build a pool on hot days, and curl up in sleeping bags under the night sky with their friends in the summer. Adults also gather to build fires, and are burning something and making smoke.

© Yasuhiro Nakayama
© Yasuhiro Nakayama
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Sections
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© Yasuhiro Nakayama

The couple worked in interior design and general contracting, so the first sketches of ideas were drawn by themselves. They also like to buy and make their own furnishings, so they use the small hardware and lighting they have collected, and they construct and partially paint rooms and install shades to match their children's growing needs on a daily basis. They will continue to live in the house while building the parts of their lives that they need at any given time.

© Yasuhiro Nakayama
© Yasuhiro Nakayama

The exterior of the house is simple, with siding and residential sashes like those found in other houses in the area. The plan is small and simple. However, with the roof cut off, daily life is fun and dense. Connected to the sky and the atmosphere, the house is like a small ark sailing through the city, adjusting the shade and the way it lives.

© Yasuhiro Nakayama
© Yasuhiro Nakayama

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Cite: "Open Sky House / Yoshitaka Suzuki and Associates" 03 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/946926/open-sky-house-yoshitaka-suzuki-and-associates> ISSN 0719-8884
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天窗私宅,在东京闹市中‘乘风破浪’ / 铃木理考建筑都市事务所

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