At this house – a residence designed for a family of four – it was requested that everyone in the family should be able to feel the presence of each other regardless of where they are in the house. The design is based on the fixed topography of the site at the top of a hill, and the expectation that there will not be any big changes to the quiet residential area of the surrounding in the future. On the site there was an aging main house and a rental building; we decided to rebuild both houses using the same composition. The volumes of the gable roofs were placed with reference to the original layout and form, in order to keep the persimmon tree in the garden and to preserve the memories of the town as much as possible.
▼住宅及出租建筑外观，house and rental building exterior
▼为了保留花园中的柿子树并尽可能的维持小镇原有肌理，山墙屋顶体量参照原有住宅的布局和形式，the volumes of the gable roofs were placed with reference to the original layout and form, in order to keep the persimmon tree in the garden and to preserve the memories of the town as much as possible
▼住宅南侧花园，garden on the south of the house
▼出租建筑内起居室、厨房及餐厅，living room, kitchen and dinning room in the rental building
▼住宅空间图解，house space diagram
With the interior, it was essential to consider the ways to convey the signs of the family’s presence, and to design rooms that can accommodate changes in their lifestyles and in the circulation at the same time. We were able to create a good viewpoint by lining up columns, and if it is needed, adding more split-levels, towards the southeast where it opens to the direction of the sky.
▼通过柱列创造优良的视角，designers were able to create a good viewpoint by lining up columns
▼洗手间地面比厨房地面低400mm，the bathroom floor is 400mm lower than the kitchen floor.
We also placed a large window on the second floor creating a good view for the small living room, which is also a semi-outdoor area, resulting in a casual and relaxed place that connects with the surroundings.
▼二层空间看学习区、厨房、餐厅，view on the second floor to the study1, kitchen and dinning room
▼二层学习区，study room at second floor
▼从小起居空间看学习区，左侧前面可以作为学习区的黑板，view to the study from the small living room, the left wall can be used as a whiteboard
The competition between the exterior that follows the townscape, and the columns and beams in the interior following the topography, produce a fluctuation and depth in the space. The resonation of the two and various other elements, result in a polyphony. It is a house where a lifestyle is led by moving round and round in the rooms like a tree house; the interior bristles with columns and floors are scattered in between the spaces.
Design : Tato Architects/Yo Shimada
Team: Yo Shimada, Yasue Imai
Structure : Takashi Manda Structural Design
Team: Takashi Manda, Taijiro Kato
Plants : Coca-z/Tatsuya Kokaji
Construction: Ao Co.,Ltd.
Main Structure: Timber
Scale: Two-story house
Site Area: 243.09
Building Area: 66.16㎡+25.74㎡(Rental House)
Total Floor Area: 128.39㎡+48.44㎡(Rental House)