This is a house for a Christian couple and a newborn baby. The client had two wishes for the house: A common room where the family, Christian friends and neighbors can learn the Bible together and the client can practice the organ for Sunday services and outdoor space where both the family and visitors can enjoy natural light and wind while keeping enough privacy.
▼住宅通过外墙尽可能地封闭于周边环境，the house is as closed as possible against surroundings with the wall
The house is located a gentle sloping corner lot on top of the small mountain in Shin-Yokohama. The site which had been parking lot is surrounded by two story houses and apartments. The house is placed at a part of the site while the other part is used for 5 rented parking lot and 2 private parking space facing to the 2 side streets. Existing vending machine is kept as it had been. The house is as closed as possible against surroundings with the wall which has only an entrance door and minimum small windows on the surface to protect itself against the environment: sound of using the vending machine, car light at night, automobile exhaust and the voice of people using the parking lot, etc.
▼住宅的一半空间被用作半户外的庭院，the semi-outdoor courtyard takes the other half area of the house
The house has enough open feeling continuing from the street and town while it’s closed against surroundings. The normally necessary living spaces (living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, children’s room, etc.,) take only half area in this house. On the other hand, the semi-outdoor courtyard takes the other half area of the house. And the common room is the largest room. I found that a lot of surplus spaces (unnecessary spaces) are needed in this house to create an generosity to accept various visitors and action. While the house is generally personal living place, it is also public and holy place.
▼天窗由涂成棕色的主梁支撑，skylights are supported by the primary beam that are painted brown
The wooden columns and primary beams which pass over the entire ceiling is painted brown and the secondary beams on them are painted white. 11 skylights on the primary beam intersections cast cross-shaped shadows. When the big windows facing the courtyard is opened, the courtyard gradually connects to the indoor and there is less border between both places. The house turns neither indoor nor outdoor.
▼既非室内也非室外的氛围，an experience that is neither indoor nor outdoor
The surplus spaces sometimes turn to be used to eat foods or read books like dining room or study room and the necessary spaces are released from being necessary and turn to surplus spaces. Necessary spaces and surplus spaces replace their roles each other from time to time. I would like to believe such gentle sequential spatiality as what architecture should be.
▼餐厨空间，dining and kitchen area
HOUSE IN KOZUKUE (CREDITS)
ARCHITECT: TAKESHI HOSAKA / TAKESHI HOSAKA Architects
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS: KENJI NAWA / NAWAKENJI-M
PHOTOGRAPHER: KOJI FUJII / Nacasa&Pertners Inc.
CLIENT: Mr&Ms KAMIYA
QUESTIONARY TO PRODUCT INQUIRY
Name of the project: House in Kozukue
Exact definition of the building : a couple and a baby
Location of the project : Yokohama city , Kanagawa , JAPAN
Construction nature: wooden-structure
Site: 307.41 m2
Building area: 136.80 m2
Floor area ratio: 136.80 m2
Building height: 4040 mm
No. of floors: 1F
Building function: house
Design: 11/ 2016 – 6/ 2017
Planning start (M/Y): 11/ 2016
Beginning of construction: 6/ 2017
Completion: 12/ 2017
Architect: Takeshi Hosaka
TAKESHI HOSAKA ARCHITECTS
add: Koiso Ohtake bld.#202, 538, Yamabuki-cyo , Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0801 , JAPAN