A small wooden house for a couple in Hayama, Japan where is surrounded by a rich natural environment. The project was developed in collaboration with ENJOYWORKS, which is developing its own construction method, under the condition that the user can freely plan inside the box of the conventional construction method. Based on that condition, we deepened our thinking of how to partition within the outline determined by the required number of square meters.
▼住宅外观，exterior view ©Takashi Okamoto
This brought us to the concept of inserting a “curtain” – curved surface – in contrast to a simple box. Technically, we utilized computational technique to design lighting, relationship between rooms, and the inclination or squeezing of walls etc. The ‘curtain’, which is made of a acrylic panel and hemlock grids, crosses the north and south and tilts the upper end slightly, so that the first floor centred on the atrium and the second floor, which is a continuation of small rooms, make the sense of distance closer while gently dividing. In addition, openings were provided at key points so that people could actually see and feel each other.
the acrylic ‘curtain’ tilts the upper end slightly ©Takashi Okamoto
▼开敞的中庭空间，the central atrium space ©Takashi Okamoto
▼室内细部，interior detailed view ©Takashi Okamoto
▼二层空间，the second floor ©Takashi Okamoto
▼二层墙面上的开口与中庭拉进了距离， ©Takashi Okamoto
openings were provided at key points so that people could actually see and feel each other
▼俯视一层空间，overlook to the ground floor ©Takashi Okamoto
▼二层书房，study room on the second floor ©Takashi Okamoto
The ‘curtain’ is a clean white surface during the day but lights up the whole house like a lantern at night. It becomes an important element of this house, which produces a whole house in various ways throughout the day.
▼幕墙细节，detailed view ©Takashi Okamoto
▼玄关区域，entry hall ©Takashi Okamoto
the ‘curtain’ lights up the whole house like a lantern at night ©Takashi Okamoto
Total floor area：74.52㎡
Design：ERI SUMITOMO ARCHITECTS/住友恵理＋ENJOYWORKS