This project was for my very own home. The house is a 40-year-old multi-family residential con-structed with reinforced concrete built on a 90 m2 site in the heart of Kyoto. My partner and I are both working and currently raising four children from an infant to schoolchild. We only get to spend about 5 hours a day together as a family at home, excluding sleep. My hope was to be able to spend time at home comfortably—with growing children, with my part-ner after putting our children to bed, or just on my own doing chores or remaining work.
▼空间概览，preview © Junichi Usui
The center of the house is the island kitchen, which takes up most of the room space. This is where all of us spend time between coming back home and going to bed, doing homework in the dining room, playing right next to it, etc. I gave the house an arrangement, size and flow that allowed us to cook and clean with peace of mind while keeping eyes on the children. The window uses a frost glass to adequately separate the private area from the outside public while letting enough light into the house.
▼从餐厅望向玄关，view from dining room to porch © Junichi Usui
▼从餐厅望向阳台，view from dining room to balcony © Junichi Usui
▼墙壁书架，bookshelves on the wall © Junichi Usui
▼厨房岛台，kitchen island © Junichi Usui
▼隐藏的收纳空间，hidden storage space © Junichi Usui
▼磨砂玻璃窗，frost glass windows © Junichi Usui
The house uses materials that could age and change over time in accordance with the growth of our children, traditional construction methods and nat-ural materials, Japanese paper with a touch of handiwork and plaster finish. This design allows us to live in the house as if we are wrapped around by them. Living in an age with a rampant novel coronavirus and where time spent at home has become the focus of attention, we sought our way of living as a house designer. We believe that we were able to dig deep into what house designing really is by reviewing family structure, lifestyle, arrangement, material feel and priorities.
▼儿童房，children’s room © Junichi Usui
▼材料细部，details of materials © Junichi Usui
Completion: Dec, 2020
Location: Kyoto city, Kyoto
Building use: Private house
Main structure: RC structure
Photograph: Junichi Usui